"Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts/IbrahimPasaPalace" Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum Tip by WulfstanTraveller
Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, Istanbul: 17 reviews and 42 photos
This is an excellent museum in Sultanahmet, right on the Hippodrome/At Meydani across from Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque). The large building is 16th-century palace of Ibrahim Pasa, a powerful Ottoman official and Grand Vizier to Suleyman I (kanuni - the law-giver, or "the Magnificent" to western Europeans).
The museum has a nice colelction of just what it says, with heavy emphasis on the Turkic world, especially Anatolian Turkish art like Seljuk and Ottoman, as well as a very impressive collection of old Turkish and Persian carpets, some very large and some very old.
The museum is also interesting for the building. It is rare for Istanbul in that it is an old palace of an Ottoman official other than one of the many imperial palaces of the sultans and their families. Moreover, Ibrahim Pasa was a very important figure in Suleiman's reign and very famous to students of Ottoman history. Finally, the balcony overlooking At Meydani gives some nices views of the area.
Address: At Meydani, Sultanahmet
Directions: It's in the old Ottoman building right on the Hippodrome (At Meydani) opposite the Sultanahmet Camii (the so-called Blue Mosque).
Phone: +90 (212) 518 1805
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