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The important cultural and tourist value of the old Istanbul museums

Istanbul's old important heritage
12th November 2022
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In terms of tourism in Istanbul, many tourists around the world choose to visit historical places that carry with them the fragrant past and the history of important civilizational and cultural periods, which, in addition to recreational time, provide them with a rich cultural space.

In this article, learn about the most important ancient Istanbul museums and learn about some of their features.


What do you know about the old museums of Istanbul?

Most of these museums are known for their grandeur, distinction, and superiority over other buildings, as well as over the modern building, which took a completely different path from it.


First: Hagia Sophia Museum

Hagia Sophia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istanbul and was originally built as a Christian cathedral in the 6th century but was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and then converted into a museum in 1935 and is now one of the most visited museums in the world.

Here are some of the features that make Hagia Sophia so special:

- The Hagia Sophia is distinguished by its magnificent architecture, with its large dome and intricate mosaics.

- The museum includes many important religious and cultural artifacts from the Christian and Islamic worlds.

- Hagia Sophia is located in the heart of Istanbul, making it easy to visit other nearby attractions such as the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar.


Second: Topkapi Museum

The Topkapi Museum is one of the most visited museums in Istanbul and is located in the Topkapi Palace, which was the main residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. The museum houses a large collection of artifacts from the Ottoman era, as well as a number of other periods in Turkish history.

Some of the most popular features of this place include:

- The Harem: This is a section of the palace that was dedicated to the family of the Sultan and it is possible to visit this area, and it provides an interesting glimpse into the private life of the Ottoman rulers.

- Treasury: This part of the museum contains a wealth of valuables, including jewelry, weapons, and manuscripts.

- Weapons and Armor Collection: This collection contains a variety of Ottoman firearms and shields, in addition to shields from other cultures captured by the Ottomans during their conquests.


Third: The Antiquities Museum in Istanbul

The Archaeological Museums in Istanbul is a group of three archaeological museums located in the Eminonu district of Istanbul, near Gulhane Park and Topkapi Palace. The museums consist of the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient East and the Museum of Islamic Art.

The Archaeological Museum was established in 1891 to house finds from all over the Ottoman Empire and today, it contains more than a million objects from prehistoric times to the late Ottoman era.

The Museum of the Ancient Orient was established in 1935 to house finds from Mesopotamia and other ancient civilizations in the Near East and now contains more than 30,000 objects from these civilizations.

 The Museum of Islamic Art was established in 1963 to house Islamic art from all over the Islamic world and now contains more than 100,000 objects from various Islamic dynasties and periods.


Fourth: Istanbul Islamic Museum

The Islamic Museum in Istanbul is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city. The museum is located in the historical Sultanahmet district, which includes a group of the most famous tourist attractions in Istanbul. The museum was built in 1524 AD, and was originally a palace of Ibrahim Pasha Al-Franji.

The museum includes a collection of decrees and charters of the Ottoman sultans, Turkish and Iranian miniature manuscripts, and a divan.



Fifth: Istanbul Mosaic Museum

The Istanbul Mosaic Museum is one of the most unique and interesting museums in the world and is home to a large collection of mosaics from all over the ancient world dating back to the Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire and the museum also contains a collection of modern mosaics.


Sixth: Istanbul Aviation Museum

The Istanbul Aviation Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul and is located in a place that is easily accessible by public transportation. The museum contains a large collection of Turkish and international aircraft. The museum also contains a wide range of interactive exhibits, which makes it a great place for both children and adults to get to know each other. on aviation history.


Seventh: Istanbul Navy Museum

The Istanbul Maritime Museum is one of the most comprehensive maritime museums in the world and houses more than 10,000 items related to the history of the Turkish Navy.

The museum is spread over four floors and covers a wide range of topics related to maritime history. The ground floor is dedicated to the history of the Ottoman Navy, with exhibits on the different ships used by the Ottomans, in addition to their battles and naval campaigns. The second floor focuses on the Republic of Turkey and its naval forces, while the third floor covers international maritime history. .

Some of the highlights of the museum include a full-size replica of an Ottoman kitchen ship, a model of the Titanic, a collection of more than 100 ship models, and there is also an on-site library containing more than 10,000 books on history and maritime navigation.


Eighth: Rahmi Koc Museum, Istanbul

It is one of the most unique museums in the world. The museum is dedicated to the history of transportation and industry and houses an impressive collection of vehicles, machinery, and tools from all eras. Visitors to the museum can see everything from ancient locomotives to modern cars and trucks. In addition to the vehicles, the museum also has a variety of interactive exhibits that allow visitors to learn about the history and technology of transportation.


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