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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Magnificent Building and Wonderful Islamic Art

This is one of those museums where the building, a magnificent 16th century stone building, threatens to steal the limelight from the collection. With its stone buttresses and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Raymond W
Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a great place to visit if you are interested in Islamic Art. A must see for Muslims as there is a large catalogue of precious Islamic treasures to see.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Turkey's museum has been around for almost 100 years and no doubt it was the world's premier islamic arts museum for most of that time. However, other muslim countries have gotten richer and done their own - Doha and Kuala Lumpur have standout ones that leave Istanbul's in the dust. Still, you only need half an hour here and it's... More 

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Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of those museums where the building, a magnificent 16th century stone building, threatens to steal the limelight from the collection. With its stone buttresses and beautifully patterned arches and walls, this is a fine early example of Ottoman architecture in Istanbul. However, the collection is no slouch. It is a very good place to get an introduction... More 

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Fukaya, Japan
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This museum is highly recommended if you are ineterested in seeing beautitiful islamic arts and carpets. The exhibitions of mother of pearls are breathtaking. The exhibitions of Seljuk era are also wonderful. Not so crowded if you visit here in the morning. the museum shop was closed, though I was able to buy some souvenirs at the shop of Topkapi... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Just modernised museum with interesting item from islam history . jewelery quran, rugs and carpets. Could be bigger, Worth with/without Museum card. 1-1/2 hours well spent.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

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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Reviewed 15 January 2017

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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Reviewed 8 January 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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Reviewed 3 January 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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Reviewed 28 December 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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