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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:46, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number: 2125181805
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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A well organized museum

This is another great museum so in the middle of history. Facing the Blue Mosque, this museum was once a place for one of the main characters in the Ottoman history, Ibrahim... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is another great museum so in the middle of history. Facing the Blue Mosque, this museum was once a place for one of the main characters in the Ottoman history, Ibrahim Pasha. It is not only a beautiful museum, but also a great sample of Ottoman civil architecture.

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Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before you leave Istanbul, you should definitely visit this small but delightful museum. The entrance cost is not expensive and inside you'll find stunning hand-drawn Qu'rans and intricate woven rugs demonstrating the epitomy of Islamic arts. When we visited the site was under renovation for a new collection so it may well be larger now.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have gone to Istanbul twice prior and was unable to visit this museum as it was closed for renovations. Recently visited it on my latest trip and it was worth the wait because the collection was so expansive and rich with Islamic history. Located in the peaceful area of Sultanahmet near the Hippodrome, even while in the concourse there... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Since I visited this museum, maybe not only me that thought about the richness of Turkish culture and heritage, same as the Islamic period in Ottoman previously. I was not get boring to visit this museum because debt made it like great museum and very well entertained.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a Muslim, this museum attracted me to it for the vast collection of Islamic historical pieces, especially the many Qur'an that dated back hundreds of years back. Nice to see history in its original state.

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Thank Dee S
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful collection of Turkish and Islamic art and a stunning array of illustrated books and Korans. All exhibits are informative and well presented. Took about 90 minutes to visit and cost 20TL. This included a temporary exhibition of exquisite pearl jewellery

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Some interesting archeological finds and islamic history, though perhaps lacking a little in background information and a little repetitive. More than worth it with a museum card though, which also gives access to Topkapi, Hagia Sophia and various other places.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This was a lovely palace with attractive displays and helpful staff. There were some exquisite Illuminated books.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The museum is set in a historical landmark with much to see. There is much to see. The staff were sweet and helpful, but there wasn't anyone around to give more details about the artifacts or to clarify the written assessments. Beside that, the displays were well established and artifacts were well preserved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

I was amazed to see how much art is in the there. There is also hair from the prophet. Although I don't about know it's authenticity

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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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