-The Istanbul Archaeological Museum, which is housing various artifacts
from civilizations that had left their traces to different periods
of the history, is one of the 10 most important world-class museums
designed and used as a museum building. Additionally, it is the
first institution in Turkey arranged as a museum. Besides its spectacular
collections, the architectural aspects of its buildings and its
garden are of historical and natural importance.
- A place not to miss in Istanbul: Chora Museum, The Turkish word "Kariye" is
derived from the ancient Greek word "Chora" meaning outside
of the city (land). It is known that there was a chapel outside
of the city before the 5th century when the city walls were erected.
The first Chora Church was rebuilt by Justinianus (527-565) in place
of this chapel. In the era of Komnenoi, it served as the court chapel
for important religious ceremonies, thanks to its nearness to the
Palace of Blachernae.
-Great Palace, Mosaic Museum, was built on the northern section
of the peristyle courtyard of the Great Palace of the Byzantine
Empire, where mosaics used to decorate the pavement had been discovered
partially in good condition.
-Haghia Sophia Museum, is the biggest Byzantine church in Istanbul
was built three times on the same site. First, it was named Megale
Ekklesia (Great Church), but after the 5th century it was renamed
Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom)
-Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, contains turkish and Islamic
Arts all together and is known as the last museum to open in the
Otoman Period.The foundation of the museum was commissioned as
a result of continuous steal of artworks from various trust bulidings,
mosques, masjids, takas and sbrines from all over the country.Studies
under a commission chaired by the director of Imperial Museum
Mr. Osman Hamdi was completed in 1913 and the Museum was opened
to publick as "The Museum of Muslim Endowments" (Evkaf-i
Islâmiye Müzesi) in imaret building within the complex
of Süleymaniye Mosque, one of the masterworks of Mimar Sinan,
the Chief Architect.
Istanbul Archaeolgy Museum on Monday
Chora Museum on Wednesday
Mosaic Museum on Monday
Haghia Sophia Museum on Monday
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts on Monday