The muesum is dedicated to Cahit Sıtkı Taranci, a famous Turkish poet who was born and lived in this house, built in 1733.
The house is in a modest street in the old city, with an exterior giving no hint at all of what you will step into . The plain wooden door opens to an oasis like square courtyard with tall trees, pool and building with living spaces with four seperate facades each designed to live in a different season.
The house was originally built in 1773 and then owned by the family of Cahit Sıtkı Taranci and the house later renovated and turned into a museum to reflect the civil architecture of Diyarbakır and show how rich and famous once lived. The current building is the haremlique side where the family lived, the selamlique side (mens quarter) does not exist today.
The building is made of local basalt stone with awesome white ornament on ( a technique called 'ciz' locally ). The muesum has been decorated with ethographic items and manequins to represent the daily life in the past. The living quarters on each side of the courtyard are designed for different seasons like the summer quarter is facing north , winter quarter facing south etc..
The museum is easy to reach, in the old city very close to Ulu camii, There are information panels and family memorobilia and photos, books and personal belonging of tarancı. We had , two kids that has followed us in to the courtyard has explained the history along with a long famous poem of Tarancı. The museum is worth a visit , Closed for noon but opens early and closes around five o clock there is no cafe or gift shop in the museum .
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