Istanbul Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is located inside the Ibrahim Pasha Palace, opposite the Dikilitas in Sultanahmet square. It is the first museum to cover Turkish-Islamic arts collectively. The current building, which is the only private palace that can survive outside the Sultan palaces, dates back to the 16th century. The museum, which was opened in 1914, was first opened to visitors under the name of "Evkaf-ı Islami Museum" in the zoning building in the Süleymaniye Mosque Complex. In 1983, it moved to the Ibrahim Pasha Palace of Sultanahmet Square in this present place.
One of the important structures of Ottoman civil architecture, Ibrahim Pasha Palace rises above the old hippodrome levels in "Horse Square". It was repaired by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1520 and given to his son-in-law and Ottoman vizier Ibrahim Pasha. The first part of the museum can be reached by stairs from this terrace.
The museum, which was renovated in 2012, received 2 awards in 1984 and 1985. He received the Jury Special Award of the Council of Europe Museums of the Year Competition in 1984 for his popular cultural heritage and the European-UNESCO Council in 1985.
The museum, which displays the best examples of the Abbasi, Memluk, Seljuk and Ottoman periods, was gathered from different countries of the Islamic world. The museum is known to have one of the best carpet collections in the world. The masterpiece pieces between the rugs are Seljuk examples dating from the 13th century. There is an extraordinarily rich collection of Turkish carpets in the large glazed section with large halls. You must see it.
In the Turkish Islamic Works Museum; In addition to carpet collections, you can also see manuscripts, which are rare works of art. Glassware, stone and terracotta artifacts, and metal and ceramic objects are other valuable items on display. The lower floor of the carpet section is reserved for the ethnography collection, which reflects the Turkish daily life of the past few centuries.
There are many places to visit when you come to Sultanahmet. The most important ones are Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Archeology Museum, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar and Turkish Islamic Works Museum.
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