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The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews- MOVED

Karakoy Meydani Percemli Sok. No:1 Karakoy, Beyoglu | Next to Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul 34421, Turkey
+90 212 292 63 33
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Picture of Turkey as tolerant and multiculture (?)

Small hidden gem near Galata tower. It celebrates the 500 anniversary of Ottoman's welcome of the... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2015
Bratislava, Slovakia
A Glimpse Into The History Of The Jews In Turkey

Even with directions from two travel guide books, we found this place very difficult to fine. It... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2015
Richmond, Virginia
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Formerly The Museum was located in the Zülfaris Synagogue from 2001 to 2015, now it has moved to the Neve Shalom Syanagogue . The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews has moved to Sishane adjoining Neve Shalom Synagogue meaning "Oasis of piece."Museum shows the unique legacy of Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. Museum has three diffrent sections that illustrate Turkish Jewish life,history,religion and culture. The first part focuses on the history of the Jews in Anatolia dating back to the 4th century BC continues with the arrival of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. The collection includes various important artifacts such as "Midrash Teilim"a prayer book which was printed in 1512, an original decree by Sultan Abdulmecit 1842 edict of Ottoman proclamation denying the blood libel myths, highligt of the museum is Hanukiyot in the shape of a minaret emphasishing the interaction between two cultures. Visitors can hear religious hymns from Edirne Maftirim , see examples of Turkish-Jewish press,read about the arrival of German professors to Turkey ,Struma incident and read the detailed recent history on the computer screens. Attached to this floor is a balcony overlooking the Neve Shalom Synagogue from where religious ceremonies can be witnessed. The museum visitor becomes a part of the ceremony during the time of visit. Judaica section exhibits liturgical sacred artifacts including Torah scrolls, Megilat Ester and objects that are used during religious ceremonies.Touch collection can also be seen for the children use. Connected to this section ethnographic part shows the life cycle of Jewish life with examples of Kettubot,dowry,wedding,bar mitzva stories with their authentic artifacts.On the screen documentary films can be watched which changes every month. On the top floor visitors can see a detailed map of Turkey which includes all the synagogues of Turkey via touching this computer the Jewish life in many cities can be observed. Videos on Sephardic cuisine can be watched and printed receipes can be taken to cook at home.Recordings of Ladino-Judeo Spanish-are complemented by examples of Sephardic folkloric music. Visitors can visit Neve Shalom Syanagogue,sample Sephardic delicacies in Habib Gerez Cafe and browse giftshop music and books in the giftshop.
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24 Aug 2015
“Picture of Turkey as tolerant and multiculture (?)”
18 Aug 2015
“A Glimpse Into The History Of The Jews In Turkey”
Karakoy Meydani Percemli Sok. No:1 Karakoy, Beyoglu | Next to Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul 34421, Turkey
+90 212 292 63 33
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Reviewed 24 August 2015

Small hidden gem near Galata tower. It celebrates the 500 anniversary of Ottoman's welcome of the persecuted Jews in Spain. The museum displays artefacts of Turkish Jews, introduces the history of joint cohabitation and praises the humanitarianism of Turkish people towards different creeds, cultures and...More

Thank Zuzana_sldkv
Reviewed 18 August 2015

Even with directions from two travel guide books, we found this place very difficult to fine. It is truly at the end of a dead-end alley. You'll have to provide some sort of identification and pay the nominal 10TL per person fee. You will be...More

Thank urbanguy
Reviewed 18 July 2015

This is a very small museum in an old Synagogue that is very hard to find (close to Galata bridge, on the Karakoy side) with very limited hours. You have to ask at a hotel when you get close. Aside from that, it has many...More

Thank Marc U
Reviewed 11 July 2015

We stumbled upon this museum by accident while walking around the area near our hotel. It is well-hidden. It is located in what once was the Zulfaris Synagogue. Once inside, there are many small cabinets displaying historical documents and photos, with an emphasis on issues...More

Thank Nathan1000
Reviewed 30 May 2015

This small museum, located in a former synagogue is well worth the visit. It's located on a small, dead-end street just over Galata bridge. Not handicap accessible. Visitors see the sanctuary of the synagogue and exhibits about Turkish Jewish history. If you climb up to...More

Thank annettefromm
Reviewed 18 March 2015

Although I'd known that the Ottoman Empire had welcomed Jews from Spain and other parts of Europe who were fleeing persecution, I hadn't REALLY understood how hunted those who came to Istanbul had felt, nor how welcoming the Turks had been. From the exhibits you...More

Thank jaseaton
Reviewed 4 March 2015

The Jewish community of Turkey, dating back millenia, created this museum specifically for the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492. Many of them found homes in the Ottoman Empire, establishing the Sephardic Jewish presence that dominates the Jewish community of...More

Thank rtaba285
Reviewed 4 December 2014

Yes it was hard to find but if you zoom in on the map feature of Trip Advisor it will put you right on the correct little dead end street with guard booth at the end. So you will have to be willing to let...More

Thank ibresqone
Reviewed 11 June 2014

This rather beleaguered small museum has seen better days. Despite the 20,000 Jews living in greater Istanbul, the community has been dispersed, and this collection of memorabilia of, largely, the early 20th century community has something of a tired feeling. Take a look at their...More

Thank NicJBoston
Reviewed 6 June 2014

This was an amazing little museum, well worth a visit, if you are interested in the history of Judaism. There was so much to take in! What struck me most was the story of the kindness of the Turks at the time of the expulsion...More

Thank vera h
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal
Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night
and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights,
shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of
people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive
Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of
the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned
restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening
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