The dark stone building that houses the Museum of Turkish and
Islamic Art was built in 1524 by the Grand Vizier to Suleyman
the Magnificent, Ibrahim Pasa, as his residence. it was the
grandest private residence ever built in the Ottoman Empire.
Today it holds a superb collection of ceramics, metalwork,
miniatures, calligraphy, textiles, and woodwork as well as some
of the oldest carpets in the world. (Open every day except
Statue of Aphrodite, Sadberk Hanim Museum
Across the street
from the Ibrahim Pasa residence is the Museum of Turkish
Carpets which contains exquisite antique carpets and kilims
gathered from all over Turkey. (Open every day except Sunday and
Near Hagia Sophia
is the sixth-century Byzantine cistern known as the Yerebatan
Sarnici. Three hundred and thirty-six massive Corinthian
columns support the immense chamber's fine brick vaulting. (Open
every day except Tuesday).
Museum preserves in situ exceptionally fine fifth and
sixth-century mosaic pavements from the Grand Palace of the
Byzantine emperors. (Open every day except Tuesday).
Museum, the 11th-century church of "St. Savior" in the Chora
complex, is, after Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine
monument in Istanbul Unremarkable in its architecture, inside,
the walls are decorated with superb 14th-century mosaics.
Illustrating scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary,
these brilliantly colored paintings embody the vigor of
Byzantine art. In restored wooden houses in the area surrounding
the church you can enjoy tea and coffee in a relaxed atmosphere
far removed from the city's hectic pace. (Open every day except
Museum in Yesilkoy traces the development of flight in
Turkey. (Open every day except Monday).
Military Museum the great field tents used by the Ottoman
armies on campaigns are on display. Other exhibits include
Ottoman weapons and the accoutrements of war. The Mehter
Takimi (Ottoman military band) can be heard performing Ottoman
martial music between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. (Open every day except
Monday and Tuesday).
residence in Sisli now serves as the Ataturk Museum and
displays his personal effects. (Open every day except Saturday
The grand imperial caiques used by the sultans to cross the
Bosphorus are among the many many other interesting exhibits of
Ottoman naval history that can be seen at the Naval Museum
located in the Besiktas district. (Open every day except
Monday and Thursday).
Also in Besiktas is the Museum of Fine Arts that houses
Turkish paintings and sculptures from the end of the 19th
century to the present. (Open every day except Monday and
Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)
The City Museum, located within the gardens of the Yildiz
Palace, preserves and documents the history of Istanbul since
the Ottoman conquest. (Open every day except Thursday). Also
within the gardens are the Yildiz Palace Theatre and the
Museum of Historical Stage Costumes, with its
richly decorated scenery and stage, and its exquisite costumes.
(Open every day except Tuesday).
The Rahmi Koc Industry Museum, in the suburb of Haskoy on
the coast of the Golden Horn, was an Ottoman-period building,
formerly called Lengerhane, for iron and steel works. Today it
houses exhibits on industrial development. (Open every day
Up the Bosphorus in the picturesque suburb of Buyukdere, the
collections of the Sadberk Hanim Museum fill two charmng
19th- century wooden villas. A private museum which
originally displayed only Turkish decorative arts, it has
recently been expanded for a new collection of archeological
finds. (Open every day except Wednesday).
For something different try the Caricature and Cartoon Museum in
Fatih on Ataturk Boulevard under the Bozdogan Aqueduct in the
16th century Gazanfer Aga Medrese. (Open daily 9:00 a.m to 6:00
The restored Saatci Efendi Konak in Izmit, a typical 18th-
century Ottoman mansion, now serves as the Ethnography Museum.East
of Izmir, is Adapazari, the provincial capital of
Sakarya, an important agricultural and industrial region. In
the city of Adapazari, itself, the Ataturk and
Ethnography Museum displays personal effects of the founder
of the Turkish Republic as well as regional artifacts.
Temple of Athena, Assos (Behramkale)
attractions in Sogut include the life-size busts of famous
figures from Turkish history and the Ethnography Museum
which traces the history of Turkey through its displays.
Ataturk Mansion, located in Yalova, is now a museum
(open to the public weekdays except Monday and
Thursday). Built in 1929, Ataturk's former summer
residence displays original furnishings from the early
Cunda Island, Ayvalik - Balikesir
was the center of exquisite ceramic ware production
which made an important decorative contribution to
mosques and palaces throughout Turkey. A museum
displays the finds of nearby excavations.
When you reach to
Bursa, you are amazed with the museums the city
embraces in itself. A
medrese nearby completes the Yesil Mosque
complex and is also home to the Ethnography
Museum. The nearby Ottoman House Museum
is in a restored 17th century dwelling that
provides an interesting glimpse into the lives
of wealthy Ottomans. Other places of interest in
Bursa include the Culture Park with the Bursa
and the Ataturk Museum on the road to
Take in artifacts from the Balikesir area
are displayed in the newly completed
Balikesir Museum (Kuva-i Milliye).
Hotels, restaurants-and cafes along the
promenade of Canakkale, offer a place to
enjoy the traffic in the harbor, as well
as a view of the Kilitbahir Fortress and
the Canakkale Archeological Museum.
In addition, the Cimenlik
fortress serves as a military museum
dedicated to the World War I Battle of
Canakkale. In Bayramic, 60 km from
Canakkale is the beautiful 18th- century
Hadimogullari Mansion (Ottoman House)
with its ethnography museum.
Tekirday also has several imporant
museums: The Archeology and
Ethnography Museum displays an
extensive collection of artifacts
from the area. The Rakoczy Museum
occupies the house where the
Hungarian prince, Rakoczy Ferench 11
(1676-1735) lived out the last years
of his life after fighting for his
Kirklareli, the Archeological Museum
exhibits finds from local