Thursday, December 14, 2017

Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Istanbul Archaeology Museum
Istanbul Archaeology Museum

The Istanbul Archaeological Museum, is located in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet neighborhood, on the Osman Hamdi Bey slope connecting the Gülhane Park with the Topkapı Palace. Its name is plural, since there are three different museums under the same administration: The Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Orient Museum (Eski Sark Eserleri Müzesi) and Tiled Kiosk Museum (Cinili Kosk Müzesi).

  • Archaeological Museum (in the main building) ; was built by Osman Hamdi Bey.
  • Ancient Orient Museum: It displays Anatolian pieces from Hittite empires and pre-Islamic items collected from the Ottoman Empire.
  • Museum of Islamic Art ( Tiled Kiosk of Sultan Mehmet Conqueror.) It was built in 1472 as an outer pavilion of Topkapı Palace.

It houses over one million objects that represent almost all of the eras and civilizations in world history.

Istanbul Archaeology Museum has a large collection of Turkish, Roman artifacts and Hellenistic. The most prominent artifacts exhibited in the museum include:

  • Alexander Sarcophagus, found in the necropolis of Sidon
  • Sarcophagus of the Crying Women, also found in Sidon
  • Sarcophagi of Tabnit and the Satrap
  • The Lycian tomb, a monumental tomb
  • Glazed tile images from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon
  • Statues from ancient antiquity until the end of the Roman Era, from Aphrodisias, Ephesus and Miletus
  • Statue of an Ephebos
  • Parts of statues from the Temple of Zeus found at Bergama
  • Statue of a lion, the only piece saved from the hands of British archaeologists in the Mausoleum of Maussollos
  • Snake’s head from the Serpentine Column erected in the Hippodrome of Constantinople
  • Mother-Goddess Cybele and votive stelai
  • Busts of Alexander the Great and Zeus
  • Fragments from the temple of Athena at Assos
  • Troy exhibit
  • 800,000 Ottoman coins, seals, decorations and medals
  • One of the three known tablets of the Treaty of Kadesh.
  • The obelisk of the Assyrian king Adad-nirari III
  • Tablet archive containing some 75,000 documents with cuneiform inscriptions
  • Artifacts from the early civilizations of Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Arabia and Egypt
  • Siloam inscription, which made headlines in July 2007 when Israel asked for its return

Visitor Information

Admission Fee: 10 TL ( around $6,5 )

Hours : Open daily between 09:00-17:00 except Mondays.

Address / Location : İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri Alemdar Cad. Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sk, 34122, Sultanahmet / Fatih, ISTANBUL

Tel : +90 212 527 27 00

Email :

see on the google map

Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek exhibition of the museum
Ancient Greek exhibition of the museum
The Alexander Sarcophagus, found at the Necropolis of Sidon
The Alexander Sarcophagus, found at the Necropolis of Sidon

More Information about the Istanbul Archaeology Museum: Istanbul Archaeology Museum

Turkish and Islamic Art Museum

Turkish and Islamic Art MuseumThe Turkish and Islamic Art Museum situated in Sultanahmet Square in Eminonu, Istanbul, which it was built in 1524, the building was formerly the palace of Ibrahim Pasha who was the first grand vizier to Suleiman the Magnificent. After Ibrahim’s death, the palace was used as a military barracks for new recruits, today the building is a museum.

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum collection contain more than 40,000 examples. ( examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, carpets, kilims and illuminated Kur’ans, Koran cases,)

Section of the Museum

Carpet Section
Section of Wooden Works
Stone Art Section
Ethnography Section

Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Interior View

Visitor Information

The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm (closed Monday).
Entrance Fee: 10 TL.
Transport: Sultanahmet tram stop

Address: Türk Islam Eserleri Müzesi
At Meydanı 46 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey.
See on the google map
Tel: +90 (212) 518 1805
Fax: +90 (212) 518 1807

Galata Tower

The Galata Tower (Turkish: Galata Kulesi) is one of the highest and oldest towers of Istanbul. 63 meter (206 feet) high tower provides a panoramic view of the old town — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata district of Istanbul, Turkey. Originally named the ” Tower of Christ “, it was the highpoint in the city walls of the Genoese colony called Galata which was built as Christea Turris in 1348.

Galata Tower was restored and opened to the public in 1967. Today, there is a restaurant/cafe and a nightclub which hosts a Turkish show, on its upper floors which commands a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.

Entrance Fee : 10 TLGalata Tower
Open daily from early morning until late at night

Galata Kulesi (Tower)
Address: Büyük Hendek Caddesi, Galata / see on google map
Phone: +90 212 293 81 80
Fax: +90 212 245 21 33



Today, Hippodrome, Constantinple, Istanbul
Today, Hippodrome, Constantinple, Istanbul

The Hippodrome Istanbul (Turkish: Sultanahmet Meydani, At Meydani) was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. It was built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 AD, the Hippodrome enlarged and embellished by Constantine the Great. The hippodrome was approximately 400 m/ 438 yards in length and 120 m/ 131 yards in breadth.

Today it is a square called Sultanahmet Square, with only a few fragments of the original structure surviving. The Hippodrome is now a public park and it has free wifi internet connection, offered by the city government.

There are three important monuments in the area:

  1. Obelisk of Thutmose III (The Egyptian Obelisk)
  2. Serpentine Column
  3. Walled Obelisk
Obelisk of Theodosius, Istanbul, Turkey
Obelisk of Theodosius, Hippodrome, Istanbul
Serpent Column, Hippodrome, Istanbul
Serpent Column, Hippodrome, Istanbul
Walled-Obelisk, Hippodrome, Istanbul
Walled-Obelisk, Hippodrome, Istanbul

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque)

Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the mosque is popularly known as the ” Blue Mosque ” has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul.

The Blue Mosque (Turkish: Sultanahmet Camii) is a historical mosque which was built between 1609 and 1616 by the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I.

The Mosque was built as a complex including an imperial lodge, a theological school, a kitchen for the poor, bazaar shops, outer courtyard, a small library and the tomb of the founder.

This is the only one mosque in Istanbul having 6 minarets, generally mosques have 1,2 or 4 minarets.

Blue Mosque is covered with rugs as a general tradition in any mosque, thus people have to take their shoes off before entering.

Open daily except prayer times for free.


Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque)
At Meydani (Hippodrome) 21, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey.
Phone: +90 212 4587107

Fast Facts

Site Information
Names:Blue Mosque; Sultanahmet Mosque; Sultanahmet Camii
Location:Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Architecture:Ottoman, Islamic
Patron(s):Sultan Ahmet I
Architect:Sedefkar Mehmet Aga
Size:Interior: 53m x 51mDome diameter: 23.5mDome height (outer): 43m
Features:Medieval Tiles
Visitor Information
Address:Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates:41.005277° N, 28.976827° E   (view on Google Maps)
Phone:(0212) 518 1319
Public transport:Tram: Sultanahmet
Opening hours:Daily 9am-6pm except during prayer times (about 30 min. five times a day) and midday on Fridays
Rules:Tourists must enter through the north gate and have to take their shoes off before entering the mosque. Modest dress is required for both men and women; women must cover their heads. Wraps are provided when deemed necessary by mosque officials.

Photo Gallery

Blue Mosque at dusk
Blue Mosque at dusk
Blue Mosque Ceiling Blue Tiles
Blue Mosque Ceiling Blue Tiles


Blue Mosque Interior View
Blue Mosque Interior

Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

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