Turkish and Islamic Art Museum
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum © Patrick
The grand 16th century palace of the sultan's Grand Vizier, Ibrahim Pasa, today houses the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, containing what many consider to be the finest collection of Islamic artefacts in the world. The palace itself was the finest private residence ever built in the Ottoman Empire. From its supreme position overlooking the Hippodrome, the sultan could enjoy excellent views of the celebrations in the square below.
The museum is well laid out and contains more than 40,000 examples of Selçuk, Mamluk and Ottoman Turkish art, including ceramics, Koran cases, calligraphy, textiles, metalwork and illuminated manuscripts. Its antique carpet exhibit is renowned; the carpets, kilims and prayer rugs forming one of the richest and oldest collections in the world.
Address: Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi, Atmeydani 46, Hippodrome, Sultanahmet
Telephone: (212) 518 1805
Transport: Sultanahmet tram stop
Opening times: Open daily except Mondays from 9:30am-5:30pm
Admission: 10 YTL