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

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

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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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Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
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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Mamun K
London, UK154 contributions
Oct 2020
When I read it's an 'art' museum I thought it would just have art in it, but that's not the case.

Wife and I were pleasantly surprised at how interesting this place was, by 'art' they mean clothes and all the expensive style jewelries/rugs etc the Ottoman Empire used to own. We were very pleased to have visited this museum. I would highly recommend it, you could also see the swords and weapons the Ottoman empire used to use in battles.

I think it was 70 lira pp which is very reasonable as the lira is weak atm, and you would need about 2 hours or so to see everything at a slow pace.
Written October 4, 2020
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Akbrad
Bury, UK164 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Quite a wide range of items, spanning a long history, entrance fee a bargain. Items had a good explanation of what they where. Liked the scenes downstairs and the puppet explanation. Cafe was a bit expensive and had no lunch food but coffee was good
Written November 25, 2022
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keefyisback
London, UK177 contributions
Nov 2022
It was almost as an aside while walking round the Hippodrome, I 'popped in' and was blown away. First you are hit by the walls and caverns of old hipposdrome buildings, then a journey through the rise of islamic military prowess and into Empires resulting in Ottomans. Then downstairs agin there is a charming Ethnological section plus the collection of sacred art includig holy Islamic relics and texts. All in a new and modern museum. Everywhere else was packed and this was almost empty as I do not think anyone much knows about it. so perfect for a couple of hours. Only thing, do not use the cafe. A small bottle of water was 14 Lira - compared to nebtween 3.5 and 5 anywhere else!
Written November 23, 2022
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shufflin maniac
Zagreb, Croatia38 contributions
Aug 2021
The museum is big and it takes you roughly 1.5 hours to see it all. We were disappointed that there weren't more artworks. Most of the showcased art was calligraphy, clay pots and carpets. There was a temporary exhibit about life in Turkey in the past which was nice to see.
In the ground floor it is possible to see the remains of Hippodrome.
Written September 6, 2021
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jcinpdx
Portland, OR51 contributions
May 2022
A wonderful museum! The displays are not cluttered but are presented cleanly in a way that allows appreciation of each item. The carpet collection, said to be the finest in the world, is indeed spectacular, and the calligraphy is self-evidently beautiful. The historical information is clear and concise and, for at least this history-shy tourist, eye-opening about previously unknown important events. As Trip Advisor indicates, the museum can be seen in its entirety within an hour or so.

If you go, don’t miss the Relics collection, which contains relics of the Prophet. Among them is a footprint of the Prophet, the most ordinary of things but it receives an equal share of reverence.
Written May 16, 2022
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busymum554
Warwickshire, United Kingdom34 contributions
Aug 2022
Absolutely amazing. A rare place that is very reasonably priced and yet there is so much to see. Not advertised as one of the must see places in Istanbul but I would definitely recommend. Situated just next to the Blue Mosque (near a few obelisks) this museum is full of Islamic artefacts - including many related to the Prophet Muhammed - an absolute must see for anyone. Worth queueing for.
I would definitely go again and would strongly recommend.
Written August 24, 2022
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Peter J
Chichester, UK426 contributions
Mar 2020
Visited it with the Istanbul Museum's pass - which is great value and forces you to investigate different museums. It is well set-up with god descriptions of the exhibits. There was a wonderful exhibition of carpets from Azerbaijan. In addition it has a very nice cafe to drink tea in.
Written March 22, 2020
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Frank D
Slidell, LA1,310 contributions
Jul 2022
This museum is said to house the world's richest Islamic art Collection. It certainly has a large and diverse collection. The current museum building has its basis in a historic building dating to Roman times - and some of this is noticeable as one enters. It is the first museum in Turkey to include Turkish - Islamic art works together. It opened its doors for the first time in 1914.

Included are fantastic Korans with pages of gold overlaid on papyrus and sacred relics such as hairs from the beard of The Prophet.
Written July 27, 2022
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Chasing_history_
61 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
The view of the hippodrome from here is stunning . The exhibits are incredible. The museum decor is one of the best I’ve seen especially if you are a practicing Muslim . There’s also a piece of the original hippodrome here . The museum was the palace of Ibrahim pasha , pargali ebrahim from Parga . He was the best friend of sultan Sulayman and his grand vizier. He was also married to the sultans sister Khadija
Written October 19, 2022
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Departure47553009125
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Aug 2022 • Couples
Beautiful!! This is my favorite place and I would come again. I love the different calligraphy from different periods and it is amazing that it’s all hand written with the writing tools that you can see example of there. I love the feeling of seeing the prophet’s hair and footstep. There are also pieces of the kaba clothes with its gold threads and beautiful artistic carpet. This place is highly recommended if you are interested in seeing Islamic and Turkish history.
Written August 4, 2022
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