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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.

Reviewed 23 August 2016
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Pleasanton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 702 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 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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Long Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

I spent five full days in Istanbul and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum was probably the most underwhelming portion of my trip. The pieces were not that interesting and it was a bit sparse. I think it was even more a let down after having been to the spectacular Islamic art exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in... More 

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Bialystok, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Maybe the most precious ones are in this museum besides treasure part of Topkapı Palace ! It is situated next to Hippodrome square ! Must visit

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is probably not a must-see sight, but it´s inviting and modern with attractive and interesting displays that will delight you particularly if you are interested in historic books and miniatures. It´s located inside the historic Ibrahim Pasha Palace, it doesn´t seem overcrowded and is ideal for a rainy day. Unfortunately some of the displays... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

For a museum that claims to house one of the largest collections of Islamic arts in the world, there's not actually that much to see. There isn't enough narrative either. Worth popping in if you are in the SultanAhmet area and have a museum pass.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

This could have been fascinating but it's let down by confusing summaries of the period covered ( in poor English) and minimal information on the displays ( for example: Carpet ). There must be a fascinating story behind every item shown but they did not tell us. It became dry and repetitive and, so disappointing.

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London
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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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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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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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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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