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Ihlamur Pavilion Istanbul

The Ihlamur Pavilion is located at the intersection of Nüzhetiye Street between Ihlamur and Tesvikiye .  It sits in an a...

The Ihlamur Pavilion is located at the intersection of Nüzhetiye Street between Ihlamur and Tesvikiye .  It sits in an area of 25,000sqm and sources state that in the mid 18th century it had been a kiosk belonging to Hüseyin Efendi whilst others state it was an imperial garden (H

Ihlamur Pavilion Istanbul

Macka Palas or Palace

What is now the 5-star deluxe Park Hyatt Hotel on Macka Road was once the Maçka Palas or Palace.  It was built in 1922...

What is now the 5-star deluxe Park Hyatt Hotel on Macka Road was once the Maçka Palas or Palace.  It was built in 1922 by the Italian architect Guilio Mongeri who was also responsible for St. Anthony’s Cathedral on Istiklal Caddesi.  The Palas has been home to; the former pres

Macka Palas or Palace

Tesvikiye Mosque Nisantasi

Tesvikiye Mosque can be found at the south-eastern end of Tesvikiye Road in Nisantasi and it was built in 1853 on the site of a pr...

Tesvikiye Mosque can be found at the south-eastern end of Tesvikiye Road in Nisantasi and it was built in 1853 on the site of a previous mosque that had become ruined.  It has a single small dome, one minaret, an elegant central portico and in the courtyard are two original ‘target stones

Tesvikiye Mosque Nisantasi

Macka and Democracy Parks Istanbul

Macka and Democracy Parks are on to each other and fill the valley between Macka and Elmadag that is also divided by Kadırgalar R...

Macka and Democracy Parks are on to each other and fill the valley between Macka and Elmadag that is also divided by Kadırgalar Road and has a cable car that carries passengers from one side to the other.   The side of Democracy Park in Macka has cafés running along the rim of the vall

Macka and Democracy Parks Istanbul

19th Century Churches of Tarlabasi

Tarlabasi and Dolapdere house several 19th century churches. Church of the Panagia The Church of the Panagia on Karakurum Roa...

Tarlabasi and Dolapdere house several 19th century churches. Church of the Panagia The Church of the Panagia on Karakurum Road or Caddesi was built by the Syrian Orthodox community and in the past was also used by Armenian people.  The original church dated back to 1844 and was replaced by

19th Century Churches of Tarlabasi

Istanbul Water Distribution Buildings

On Istiklal Road (Caddesi), opposite the Republic Monument, there is a long, low stone building that was once stored water and had...

On Istiklal Road (Caddesi), opposite the Republic Monument, there is a long, low stone building that was once stored water and had pipes joining it to the small octagonal structure (the “taksim”) and dates back to 1723.  Water supplied from the Belgrade Forest would be distributed f

Istanbul Water Distribution Buildings

Taskisla or Stone Barracks

This huge building was originally constructed in 1846 as a military hospital which was used by French soldiers during the Crimean ...

This huge building was originally constructed in 1846 as a military hospital which was used by French soldiers during the Crimean War.  It was designed by a British architect, William James Smith who had also worked on the British Consulate building.   It became known as the Mecidiye Barra

Taskisla or Stone Barracks

Sinanpasa Mosque Istanbul

This brick and stone mosque is across the road from the square and another of Mimar Sinan ’s designs that dates from 1955-19...

This brick and stone mosque is across the road from the square and another of Mimar Sinan ’s designs that dates from 1955-1956.  It was built for Admiral Sinan Pasa (1506-1596) who was the brother of Grand Vizier Rüstem Paşa. {reklam,300,250,1}

Sinanpasa Mosque Istanbul

Library of Istanbul Archaeology Museums

Established in 1891 as the Müze-I Humayun ( Imperial Museum ) the Istanbul Archaeology Museums are leaders in the field of...

Established in 1891 as the Müze-I Humayun ( Imperial Museum ) the Istanbul Archaeology Museums are leaders in the field of archaeological science and it was assembled and preserved in the Aya Irini Church by Fethi Ahmet Pasa, the Tophane-i Amire Musiri (Federal Marshal) in 1849 (1266 Hijri).

Library of Istanbul Archaeology Museums

Topkapi Palace Museum Library

During the transformation of Topkapi Palace into a museum in 1924, the library was set up in the Agalar Mosque, located in the ...

During the transformation of Topkapi Palace into a museum in 1924, the library was set up in the Agalar Mosque, located in the Palace’s third courtyard and was established in 1928.  Books were gathered from different parts of the Palace such as Emanet Hazinesi (Treasury of Trusts), Haz

Topkapi Palace Museum Library

Nuruosmaniye Complex and Library

The NuruOsmaniye Library (NuruOsmaniye Kutuphanesi) is located within the NuruOsmaniye Complex in the Eminonu District at the entr...

The NuruOsmaniye Library (NuruOsmaniye Kutuphanesi) is located within the NuruOsmaniye Complex in the Eminonu District at the entrance of the Covered Bazaar ( Kapalicarsi ).  Construction of the library began in 1749 during the reign of Sultan Mahmut I (1730-1754) and completed one year after h

Nuruosmaniye Complex and Library

Ragip Pasa Library Istanbul

This library was established by Ragıp Paşa in 1762 and the building has a unique architectural design with the walls of the read...

This library was established by Ragıp Paşa in 1762 and the building has a unique architectural design with the walls of the reading hall decorated with exquisite ceramic tiles.  There are 6,300 books and it also has a children’s library section inside.   The library opens daily

Ragip Pasa Library Istanbul

Suleymaniye Library Istanbul

The Süleymaniye Library was established by Suleyman the Magnificent in 1927 inside the madrasahs (religious schools) at the S...

The Süleymaniye Library was established by Suleyman the Magnificent in 1927 inside the madrasahs (religious schools) at the Suleymaniye Mosque and it is his books that make up the core of the library.  Over the years many more books have been added from various places and it now houses ove

Suleymaniye Library Istanbul

Koprulu Library Istanbul

The Köprülü Library is located on Divanyolu Street across from the Tomb of Sultan Mahmut II in the Eminonu District...

The Köprülü Library is located on Divanyolu Street across from the Tomb of Sultan Mahmut II in the Eminonu District.  It was built by Fazil Ahmet Paşa (1635-1676) the son of Sadrazam (Grand Vizier) Köprülü Mehmet Paşa and was the last wish of his father.  K&

Koprulu Library Istanbul

Central Library of Istanbul University

Science historians date the beginning of the Central Library of Istanbul University to the madrasah (religious school) which was e...

Science historians date the beginning of the Central Library of Istanbul University to the madrasah (religious school) which was established by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the mid 15th century.  The library’s collection contains manuscripts from the 15th century in both Turkish and foreign lan

Central Library of Istanbul University

Research Centre for Islamic History,

The Research Centre for Islamic History, Art, and Culture (IRCICA) is affiliated with the international institution Organisation o...

The Research Centre for Islamic History, Art, and Culture (IRCICA) is affiliated with the international institution Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) who assists in the continuation of its efforts in areas of research, publication, documentation and information.  Research primarily focus

Research Centre for Islamic History, Art, and Culture Library

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