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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
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+90 212 518 1805
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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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Excellent arts museum in a historical mansion

This museum, fronting the Hippodrome, houses an excellent collection of Turkish and Islamic artefacts from the territories of the Ottoman Empire. This mansion used to belong to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum, fronting the Hippodrome, houses an excellent collection of Turkish and Islamic artefacts from the territories of the Ottoman Empire. This mansion used to belong to Ibrahim Pasha, Suleyman the Magnificent's most talented but controversial Grand Vizier. It has a few stories high around a courtyard with views of the Blue Mosque. A great location.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a nice little museum near the Blue Mosque featuring carpets, prayer rugs, korans, tiles, calligraphy and trinkets from various phases of Islam. There are also some interesting items from the days of the Prophet Muhammed and this museum is not too busy you can browse at your leisure.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

This museum is not that big and the heating is very poor, making some parts of it frigid in the winter. You're not supposed to take pictures. It does offer a good angle to stand and take a picture with the Blue Mosque in the background from the second floor.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

A small museum in front of sultan ahmad mosque. I don't think it is worth it, most of the important stuff you can already find in topkapi

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

Well, there are a couple things you need to know before you decide to go there. First, Islamic Art had been under a lot of restricting rules for centuries, so it morphed into some unusual forms. You won't find any portraits there for example, but calligraphy became a major art form. Second, this museum itself is fairly small. So unless... More 

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Long Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

I spent five full days in Istanbul and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum was probably the most underwhelming portion of my trip. The pieces were not that interesting and it was a bit sparse. I think it was even more a let down after having been to the spectacular Islamic art exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Maybe the most precious ones are in this museum besides treasure part of Topkapı Palace ! It is situated next to Hippodrome square ! Must visit

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is probably not a must-see sight, but it´s inviting and modern with attractive and interesting displays that will delight you particularly if you are interested in historic books and miniatures. It´s located inside the historic Ibrahim Pasha Palace, it doesn´t seem overcrowded and is ideal for a rainy day. Unfortunately some of the displays... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

For a museum that claims to house one of the largest collections of Islamic arts in the world, there's not actually that much to see. There isn't enough narrative either. Worth popping in if you are in the SultanAhmet area and have a museum pass.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

This could have been fascinating but it's let down by confusing summaries of the period covered ( in poor English) and minimal information on the displays ( for example: Carpet ). There must be a fascinating story behind every item shown but they did not tell us. It became dry and repetitive and, so disappointing.

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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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