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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)

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Address: At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:44 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 2125181805
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles...
The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles and rugs and recreates rooms or dwellings from Turkish cultures, particularly nomadic groups.
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Interesting exploration of cultural heritage, with a lot of artefacts and amazing historical stories.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Although I have been in Istanbul a number of times I had never visited this museum up to now And what a wonderful museum it is!! The building is beautiful, the things on display incredibly interesting and the overall museological design very very very good! It's not a very big museum so it very pleasant to visit the same day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Fantastic experience with all the ressources of modern museum technology. You complete the viewing of fantastic objects from Turkish and Islamic History with animated short films using characters and surroundings taken from miniature paintings and place yourself in the shoes of an envoy to a Seljuk court, a sar-crossed lover from legend, or a warrior galoping off to battle. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Very close to the Blue Mosque, this is a must see place for anyone visiting Istanbul. An excellent collection of artifacts charting the history of Turkey and Islam in the region.. Very well laid out museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This was closed for renovation on our last two visits to Istanbul but is now open. It was well worth the wait. The building itself is impressive and the exhibits are (on the whole) fantastic. Excellent value at 20 TL a ticket.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Interesting exploration of cultural heritage, with a lot of artefacts and amazing historical stories.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A great museum in a lovely 16th century stone building. It's very central, at the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet Square near the Egyptian obelisk. There's a nice little rooftop cafe with a spectacular view of Sultanahmet Cami (Blue Mosque) and a museum shop. The Turkish and Islamic items are beautifully displayed in roughly chronological order in a series of small interconnecting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Located in the heart of the bustling Sultanahmet area, this museum is like a quiet beautiful oasis. The building itself is gorgeous--it was once a palace. The exhibits are organized chronologically, which really helps you to compare the different periods. My favorite pieces include the Ottoman carpets and the opulent metal works. Definitely do not miss this stunning museum!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Beautifully restored building on the Hippodrome houses an interesting collection of artifacts, carpets,ancient tomes with ornate calligraphy, and even relics associated with the Prophet himself together with a series of wonderful large scale media presentations of famous Islamic stories. Well worth a look and highly under rated

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Before you visit any of the main museums in Istanbul make sure you purchase the Museum pass for 85TL (most hotel's concierge sell or at the museum). If your going to visit 3+ museums this more than makes up for it and also gives you fast track entry. Located opposite Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) next to the hieroglyphics structure. My... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The museum was overcrowded, poorly arranged the space was very limited. Lot of people were allowed to enter also the space could not admit, first time to see people fighting in a museum. The security guards were not interfering at all. The description of the displayed pieces was not matching the beauty and value of the place.

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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