travel in Turkey,
good airplane &
of Turkish and Islamic Art (Türk-Islam
Eserleri Müzesi), on the Hippodrome across
from the Blue
is a treasure-house
of beautiful objects from the Ottoman (14th
to 20th centuries), Seljuk (11th
to 13th centuries), and earlier periods
beginning in the 8th century.
If you have an interest in Islamic Art, it's worth a visit and the TL20 admission fee. Consider buying an Istanbul Museum Pass. It may save you time and money. More...
Closed for renovation for several years, the museum re-opened in January 2015 and is again available to visit. I visited in April 2015. It seems to me there are fewer exhibits than before, but well chosen and beautifully displayed. The renovations to the building were done beautifully. At this writing only the upper floor is used for exhibits. (Before the renovations, the lower floor held exhibits as well.)
Empire the best art was religious art, just as it was in medieval
Turkish carpets, illuminated
Kur'ans, calligraphy (at
which the Ottomans excelled), carved
and inlaid wood, glass, porcelain
and stone are well displayed.
The museum is housed in the restored Palace
of Ibrahim Pasha, a sumptuous
residence built by Sultan
the Magnificent's Grand
Vezir (and intimate friend) İbrahim
Pasha (served 1523-1536). What you
see is only part of the original
structure, whose foundations date
from about 1500.
İbrahim Pasha was such a close friend
and confidant of Süleyman's,
and had such influence over the monarch,
that the sultan's wife, Roxelana (Hürrem) was
worried. When İbrahim supported the
candidacy of Prince Mustafa to be successor
to the throne, rather than that of
Roxelana's son Selim, Roxelana acted.
She denounced İbrahim to the sultan
as a traitor, and on the night of March
14, 1536, after dining with the sultan
in Topkapi Palace, Ibrahim was strangled,
and all his wealth seized by the imperial
One of İbrahim's mistakes was in living
in a palace and a style that rivaled
that of his sovereign. Rüstem
Pasha, his successor, did not make
the same mistake. More...
You may also want to visit the Istanbul
a 10- to 15-minute walk northward past Ayasofya toward
Palace (map), and also the Carpet Museum next to Hagia Sophia.
Türk-İslam Eserleri Müzesi
At Meydanı 46 (map)
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 (212) 518 1805
Fax: +90 (212) 518
—by Tom Brosnahan
|Above, Turkish & Islamic
Art Museum, 2015.