History of Turkish Islamic & Art Museum


The rich history of Istanbul city made it an important city and attractive station for people from all around the world and this is not strange for such a city that used to be the capital of the most three important empires in the world Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman Empires. Clearly, the Ottoman Empire has left a huge impact on the city because of the 600 hundred year of ruling and you can see that in the architecture, palaces, sites, culture, even food.


One of the most important proofs of the islamic culture that was dominant in the city during the Ottoman Empire is the Turkish islamic and art museum.



The Turkish islamic and art museum has a lot of items that explain how the culture that used to be dominant resulted in a developed philosophy and technologies.


The Turkish islamic and art museum was constructed in the early 1500s and was called at that time the palace of Ibrahim Pasha which is a residential palace that was built by the sultan Suleyman’s friend Ibrahim Pasha. The sultan was actually influenced a lot by his friend ibrahim pasha in a way that concerned the sultan’s wife and she was mad when ibrahim pasha supported the candidate Mustafa to take over the throne over her son and resulted in accusing ibrahim pasha to be a traitor, later in 1536 ibrahim pasha’s wealth was seized by the government.



Back to the Turkish islamic and art museum, the museum was founded in the 19th century and was the first museum that has old islamic items and was located in the former alms-house in the Suleymaniye Mosque Complex but after the establishment of Turkish Republic it was moved to its current place in the restored palace of ibrahim pasha in SultanAhmet Area

The Turkish islamic and art museum has many beautiful and important items that go back to the Ottoman Empire’s period and Seljuk Empire’s period, and even older empires.

The impressive collection of items include Islamic items such old Qurans, old documents from damascus, the Kaaba Tile, and islamic art paintings that show fine examples of calligraphy islamic art and how detailed it is.

When you enter the museum make sure to see the handmade Anatolian carpets which were one of what is special about anatolians in old times and considered as the finest carpets in the world.

The seljuk era shows an advanced and high level of skills and professionalism, you can actually see this in the details of wall tiles and wood carvings which somehow influenced he Ottoman style. Well, it is not a surprise because art during the seljuk period was an important thing.


Do not forget to see the old war items and art items that go back to the Ottoman empire, it is absolutely worth spending time in front of it. If you get tired of walking around the treasury items, you can go out to the yard of the museum and drink a cup of tea there, maybe take some pictures too because it is very beautiful.



How to get there?

You can use the T1 train line toward Eminonu and get off it at Sultanahmet station, the museum is very near to the famous Blue Mosque, and Basilica Cistern you will find it easily do not worry.

While if you are coming from the asean side you can use the Ferries to cross the Bosphorus to Eminonu and then walk for 10-15 minutes to the museum or simply use the T1 train line from Eminonu toward Sultanahmet station


How much does it cost to enter the Turkish islamic and art museum?

It is not expensive actually, but compared to other museums it is a little bit higher. The fees to enter is 42 Turkish Lira which is nearly 8 USD.


Opening hours:


The Turkish islamic and art museum opens its doors to guests everyday except mondays

From 15 April to 30 October the museum welcomes guests between 9 am to 7 pm

While from 31 October to 14 April it welcomes guests between 9 am to 5 pm


The museum is closed on the day before and the first day of religious holidays like Ramazan and sacrifice feast, in addition to 31th December, and 1st of January which are Turkey’s public holidays


It is also important to know that the ticket counters closes 30 minutes before the museum actually closes.

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