This museum was the first Turkish museum to collect Turkish and Islamic Works of art. The Museum was opened in 1914 as ‘The Islamic Foundation Museum’. It was located in the formen soup kitchen of the Suleymaniye Complex. Later name was changed as ‘The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum’. The Museum was moved to İbrahim Pasa Palace in 1983.
Grand Vizier’s Palace
This palace was built in 1524 for İbrahim Paşa, brother-in-law and grand vizier of Süleyman the Magnificent. Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha served as Grand Vizier from 1523 until his execution in 1536. He married Suleyman the Magnificent’s sister Hatice Sultan, and they lived in the palace.
It's now home to a magnificent collection of artefacts, including fine examples of calligraphy and a collection of antique carpets that is generally held to be the best in the world. There are more than 40.000 works in collection. The museum’s collection dates from the 8th and 9th centuries up to the 19th century. The lower floor of the museum houses ethnographic exhibits.
|Address||At Meydani 46, Sultanahmet, Istanbul|
|Tel||0 (212) 518 1805|
|Fax||0 (212) 518 1807|
|Entrance fee||10.00 TL|
|Visiting hours||Open everyday except Monday from 09.30 to 17.30|