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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
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Close to the Blue Mosque. Lots of historic artifacts and good exposition. It was well maintained and not crowded. Worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is wonderful museum and I would definitely recommend. I wish I had longer to go around the museum. You will need at least 2 to 3 hours to go round and read the history behind Turkey and the see the beautiful art.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Close to the Blue Mosque. Lots of historic artifacts and good exposition. It was well maintained and not crowded. Worth a visit.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

It is hard to even imagine the incredible types of unique art objects in this museum. Staff was friendly, hours convenient, and exhibits absolutely mesmerizing.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

It holds many artefacts of islamic art, mainly Qu'uran books of all types, sizes and eras. Also some pottery, carpets and other interesting objects. I would expect something extra (maybe more variation), but still worth the visit I believe.

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Lugoj, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The museum is well maintained and contains a collection of Islamic art from different periods of history. It is located in Sultanahmet area , near the Blue Mosque. The entrance fee is 25 TL. Entry is free with Museum Pass.

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

We accidentally stumbled on this museum (and armed with the museum pass) and it is a real gem of a small museum. If you know nothing about the history of Islam, like us you should find this really interesting. And if you love Turkish rugs, the ones dating back to the 11th/12th century are amazing.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

The Turkish and Islamic Art Museum is right by the Blue Mosque in Sultanhemet Square. Gorgeous manuscripts, carpets, items once belonging to the Prophet, and interesting historical objects. We saw everything in about 90 minutes--you don't need tons of time. This museum has many very beautiful things and it so easy to get to! The museum is closed on Mondays.... More 

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Located in an historic building the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is a must. It is included in the "Museumkart" which is an excellent value admission card to many of the main museums of Istanbul. It is situated on the NW side of the Hippodrome, opposite the Blue Mosque. Signage and display are very good.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

This was a great little museum. Many carpets and Korans on display. It's also a great place to get a break from the Sultanahmet bustle without actually having to leave the area. Aside from the collection, the building itself was an interesting place to walk around. The many small rooms and halls made parts of the collection a little awkward... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

This museum has all the same things you see at the Topkapi Museum. The advantage at this museum is the lack of crowds. You can move around without bumping into anyone and you can take your time examining exhibits. If you buy the 5 day museum pass, this museum is included. It is located opposite the entrance to the Blue... More 

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