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Museum of Turkish Calligraphic Art Istanbul

Museum of Turkish Calligraphic Art Istanbul
This is the only museum of this kind in Turkey and first opened in the madrasah (religious school) of Sultan Selim in 1968 and after the Bayezid madrasah was restored in 1984 it relocated there and opened to the public.

What is displayed at the Museum

There are interesting and valuable examples of Korans, imperial seals, diplomas, Hilye-i serif (descriptions of the Prophet), equipment and apparatus for calligraphic writing, bookbinding examples particularly from the Ottoman and Seljuk periods.


There are also handwritten manuscripts in Indian and Moroccan scripts, as well as writing sheets, sultans’ signatures and symertic (aynali) manuscripts In the Holy Relics Section there are a Ka’bah cloth, the Prophet's beard (sakal-i sherif), a bottle in which some soil was taken from the grave of the Prophet and miniatures depicting scenes from the cities of Madina, Mina and Muzdelife. There are also miscellaneous documents belonging to various religious orders, family trees, reed pens and other historically and spiritually important works that enrich the collection of the museum. Other exhibits include the calligraphic works of Sultan Abdülmecid (1823-1861), Ahmed III (1673-1736), and Mahmut II (1785-1839). A reading desk (rahle) made of rosewood owned by Sultan Abdulhamid II (1842-1918) and from where he read the Koran is one of the main attractions of both foreign and domestic visitors.

Opening Hours

The Museum of Turkish Calligraphic Art (Tel: +90 (212) 527 5851) opens daily between 09:00-16:00 except Sundays and Mondays.

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