Archive for the ‘Istanbul museums’ Category

Istanbul Kariye Museum, Chora Church

The Kariye Museum, the 11th-century church of “St. Savior” in the Chora complex, is after Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine monument in Istanbul. Unremarkable in its architecture, inside the walls are decorated with superb 14th-century mosaics. Read the rest of this entry »

Istanbul Aviation Museum

The Aviation Museum in Yesilkoy traces the development of flight in Turkey. The museum was first established in İzmir in 1971; closed in 1979 and moving to its present location in Istanbul, was reopened in 1985. Read the rest of this entry »

Istanbul Military Museum

The Military Museum is located in Harbiye, Istanbul, which was the site of the Ottoman Imperial Military Academy in the last period of the Ottoman Empire. In the Military Museum the great field tents used by the Ottoman armies on campaigns are on display. Other exhibits include Ottoman weapons and the accoutrements of war. Read the rest of this entry »

Istanbul Ataturk Museum

Ataturk’s former residence in Sisli now serves as the Ataturk Museum and displays his personal effects. Read the rest of this entry »

Istanbul Naval Museum

The grand imperial caiques used by the sultans to cross the Bosphorus are among the many other interesting exhibits of Ottoman naval history that can be seen at the Naval Museum located in the Besiktas district. Read the rest of this entry »

Istanbul Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts that houses Turkish paintings and sculptures from the end of the 19th century to the present. This occupies the section reserved for crown princes in the Dolmabahçe Palace. Read the rest of this entry »

Istanbul City Museum

The City Museum, located within the gardens of the Yildiz Palace, preserves and documents the history of Istanbul since the Ottoman conquest. Read the rest of this entry »

Istanbul Yildiz Palace

Yildiz Palace and park covered an area of 500,000 square metres on the hillside overlooking the Bosphorus between Besiktas, Ortaköy and Balmumcu. It consists of several pavilions (köşk), palace buildings (kasr), and other service and management buildings. Yildiz Palace is one of the most interesting examples of 19th century Ottoman architecture. Read the rest of this entry »

Istanbul Rahmi Koc Industry Museum

The Rahmi M Koç Museum is the first major museum in Turkey dedicated to the history of Transport, Industry and Communications. Housed in magnificent buildings – themselves prime examples of industrial archaeology – on the shore of the historic Golden Horn, in the suburb of Haskoy, the collection contains thousands of items from gramophone needles to full size ships and aircraft. The museum was an Ottoman-period building, formerly called Lengerhane, for iron and steel works. Read the rest of this entry »

Istanbul Sadberk Hanim Museum

Up the Bosphorus in the picturesque suburb of Buyukdere, the collections of the Sadberk Hanim Museum fill two charming 19th-century wooden villas. A private museum, which originally displayed only Turkish decorative arts, it has recently been expanded for a new collection of archeological finds. In 1988 it was awarded the Europa Nostra award as an outstanding example of modern museum architecture and design. Read the rest of this entry »