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type Type
: Museum
type Entrance Fee
: 20.00 Turkish Lira
type Visiting Hours
: Summer Between 09:00 - 19:00 Hours / Winter Between 09:00 - 17:00 Hours
type Closed Days
: Every day is OPEN (Open Days & Hours may change by Official & Public Holidays)

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is located in Sultanahmet Square, facing the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. It was built in 1524 for Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, the grand vizier of Süleyman the Magnificient, and the husband of Hatice Sultan, Sultan Süleyman's sister. It was the official palace of Ibrahim Pasha but turned into a museum to protect and promote notable samples of the Seljuk and Ottoman Era art in 1914.

Today the museum contains the finest samples of Islamic calligraphy and one of the world's most impressive collections of antique carpets. At the Islamic relics section, personal belongings of the Prophet Muhammad can be seen.

What Must One See at the Turkish Islamic Art Museum?

  • The Damascus documents which contain early copies of the Quran and was brought to the museum in 1917.
  • The Splendid door rescued from the Great Mosque in Cizre, dating back to 1155.
  • Usak Anatolian carpets
  • Selcuk tiles
  • Antique wooden windows
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