Istanbul travel guide


Istanbul Travel Guide

Turkish and Islamic Art Museum

Turkey is an amazing country where modernity and tradition are mixed in its cities. Istanbul, the capital of Turkey and the most important city in Turkey, is a beautiful city, culturally rich, modern enough to find all kind of comforts and traditional enough to find ancient traditions and buildings that makes Istanbul a perfect place to spend a nice holidays. If you are planning to travel to Istanbul, you will be surprised by the large number of tourist attractions there are, among the most important historical places there are in Istanbul we can mention Basilica Cistern, Istanbul Old Town, Blue Mosque (Sultan AhmetCamii) and of course the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum.

Turkish and Islamic Arts The Turkish and Islamic Art Museum is maybe the most famous museum in Istanbul, it is filled with a large number of ancient things like carpets, statues, ceramics, pictures and paintings. This beautiful museum is located in Sultanahmet Square in Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey and it was built in the century XVI. The building was formerly the palace of Ibrahim Pasha, an important character in the Istanbul history.

This museum was created because Turkish authorities were concerned that works of art of great historic interest, used in mosques and in other important monuments, did not have the appropriate protection. This applied almost all art works but mainly to antique carpets, documents and Koran manuscripts that where in constant threat especially during the World War II.

Currently, the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum houses one of the biggest, if not the biggest, collection of carpets in the world. This collection became richer with carpets from all over the world, but mainly carpets from Iran and Caucasus. But the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum not only houses beautiful carpets, but also a great collection of Anatolian Wood art of the 9th - 10th century, stone art collections belonging to important artists like Emevi, Abbasi, Memluk, Seljuk, Ottoman Empires. The museum also exhibits Koran manuscripts from the 7th to the 20th century as well as ceramics of early Islamic period and glasses belonging to the Anatolian Principalities.

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