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“Ottoman Calligraphy”

Sakip Sabanci Museum
Ranked #24 of 1,070 things to do in Istanbul
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Ottoman Calligraphy”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

Went for the Kapoor exhibition (which was wonderful) and discovered a permanent exhibition of Ottoman calligraphy. Lovely museum.

Visited January 2014
Thank Bev G
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Denver, Colorado
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“Anish Kapoor's Sculptures”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

I cannot tell you what is going on inside the head of artist Anish Kapoor, whose exhibit we visited, and I'm sure I'd rather not know! Heh heh, his incredible sculptures are nothing short of amazing, and every single piece is thought-provoking. While asking myself "what is he thinking," I realized his works of art really had a significant impact on me and my family. If art gets you to stop and ask yourself such a question, then, in my book, it has done its job. A wonderful museum, facing the Bosphorous. If you can, go, then eat at Changa, after!

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Steve O
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Berlin, Germany
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“Anish Kapoor and more”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Sabancı University's Sakıp Sabancı Museum is located in Emirgan, at one of Istanbul's oldest settlements on the Bosphorus. Sakıp Sabancı, once the richest man in Turkey, has donated a wealth for schools and the university with his name. I visited the exhibition by Anish Kapoor an excellent British/Indian artist and learned about the rest of the museum.

The building was once the family mansion of Sabancı. The original site was built by the Italian architect Edouard De Nari for the Khedive family of Egypt and was used as a summer house. The Sabancı family bought the place in 1950 and installed a horse statue by the French sculptor Louis Doumas. Since than the place is known as the "Horse Mansion".

In 2002, the museum was established including a newly built annex of modern gallery. Today the museum presents a versatile museological environment with its rich permanent collection, the comprehensive temporary exhibitions that it hosts, its conservation units, model educational programs and the various concerts, conferences and seminars held there. What I appreciate most is the display of the rich collection of calligraphy and paintings where you can learn how Turkish artists illuminated hand written books.

The gardens of the museum exhibit a wealth of local plants and trees, but also imported species. What visitors will never encounter, however, is the look of the full moon for which Emirgan has been famous for centuries because it rises exactly at sunset when the museum is closed. No problem, just in front of the premises you can walk at the seaside or fish while waiting for an enchanted evening. In earlier times, cars would line up the entire seaside. Now they are banned and all public has access.

On the hills behind the museum, the Emirgan Park invites people from all over the world to visit more than 120 species including many rare trees like Coast Redwood. The most notable "exhibit" is the tulip festival in April. This location is closely associated with the cultivation of the tulip which gave its name to an era (1718-1730) of the Ottoman Empire. It was not until the 16th century that this flower migrated to Holland to fuel the first financial "bubble" of modern times (s. also Tulpomanie, Tulpenwoede, Tulpengekte)

Visited January 2014
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Beautiful museum”
Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

The museum has a beautiful garden. Here you can see great collections of turkish art old books etc.. bit far from city but charming place to spend a couple of hours.

Visited November 2013
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Dont miss this museum”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

A wonderful museum and a great experience; a little bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort of getting there and this is how you do it: take the tram to Kabatas, get off at the last stop. On your right you will see a bus station. There are 4 islands where the buses stop and there are no indications as to which bus stops where. You want the 25E and it stops at the island nearest to the sea. Ask the driver for Emirgan. The trip takes between 35 and 45 minutes and it is a pleasant ride up the Bosphorus. The museum is housed in a villa in a very lovely park overlooking the water. I saw an Anish Kapoor exhibition, worth any amount of travelling to see - simply fantastic. Dont miss lunch at the restaurant. A little pricey by Istanbul standards but such delicious food.

Visited November 2013
8 Thank Patricia B
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