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

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Address: Sultanahmet Mah. At Meydani Sokak No 46 Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi, 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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$89*
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8 Hours Small Group Istanbul Tour

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Interesting Manuscripts

This museum has stone carvings, Metallic objects, vases, manuscripts,and rugs from various parts of Turkey and different eras. Most interesting to me were the manuscripts... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2016
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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

My Tour Guide Hilmi Calis is a very well educated researcher on Turkish Islamic History so when he told us that we have some spare time at Sultanahmet and must visit this Museum little did I know that i will be introduced to the Rich Culture and Heritage of Turkey.The Ibrahim Pasha Palace is a sight to behold with. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We were taken aback by the displays and setting of the collection in this museum. It's a two hour visit, and the arts and history represented is encompassing. This was one of our favorites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Beautiful, well maintained museum that houses many old sacred Islamic documents. The calligraphy was beautiful. The museum also features some very old carpets that can be viewed very close to see the weaving. Amazing There is a small selection of recently woven kilims in both modern and traditional designs that are authentic, very good quality for the price and attractive.There... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This is interesting place, lots of manuscripts, holy relics and the like. I am always amazed at collections with incredible age. However, much is in extremely low light for purposes of preservation, I assume. I understand the reasoning, but it doesn't make it any easier to see. Much of the collection would be of interest to students and scholars, for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

This museum has stone carvings, Metallic objects, vases, manuscripts,and rugs from various parts of Turkey and different eras. Most interesting to me were the manuscripts including early versions of the Koran. The museum admission is included in the Museum Pass which I highly recommend buying (85 lira).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Extraordinarily rich collection of ancient manuscripts, holy relics and other artifacts from more than a thousand years of Islamic and Turkish history. Really worth spending some time here, especially if you already have the Turkey Museum Card or Istanbul Museum Card (either of which can be purchased inside this museum's entrance). The museum's location at the center of Sultanahmet Square... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Although the collection is uneven and rather heavy on manuscripts, this museum contains some outstanding pieces, including a double-dragon-headed gold begging bowl and some fine carpets displayed so that visitors can appreciate the intricate knotting up close. One room contains relics of Mohammed and his immediate followers. For anyone familiar with medieval Christian reliquaries, these make an interesting contrast; although... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

We visited this museum after we bought 5 day pass for Istanbul historic sites. They have a variety of old quran scripts which are interesting for those who understand about the fonts and Arabic writings. The Rest is not much, overall good but go there only if you are bored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Turkish and Islamic Arts museum is actually a Palace of Ottoman vizeir Ibrahim Pasha from Parga (now in Greece). Ibrahim Pasha was the most effective vizeir of Süleyman the magnificient who ruled Ottoman empire over 40 years. But most suprising thing is to see the Turkish carpets in Renaissance paintings. Not only carpets but claasware and books are also very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The building is fantastic as are the artefacts and the layout. It takes you through the chronological history of this region room by room, which was enlightning.

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