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Best Fine Art in Istanbul

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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

In Sultanahmet, there is no worry of running out of historic sites to see. On the Hippodrome, across from the Blue Mosque is the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, which houses artwork, carpets, ceramics, calligraphy, Kur'ans, and other odds and ends from the ancient Ottoman and Seljuk eras. This restored palace built by Sultan Suleyman, The Magnificant's Grand Vezir, Ibrahim Pasha, dates back to the early 1500's. Although most of the palace has been restored, much of the foundation from this ancient time period is miraculously still intact. There is also a cafe located in the beautiful garden at this famous palace, so stop in and picture yourself living the lavish life of an Ottoman Emperor.

Istanbul, Turkey
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Great Palace Mosaic Museum

In the 1930s, an archaeological team from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland made a massive discovery of ancient mosaics dating back to the Byzantine Empire. The location of the museum is near the Sultanahmet Square, directly behind the Arasta Bazaar so there are many things in this neighborhood to keep you busy all day. The mosaics are incredibly impressive and the size of the collection will surprise you as well.

Istanbul, Turkey
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Sakip Sabanci Museum

Founded by Sakip Sabanci and managed by the Sakip Sabanci University , this private museum houses an extensive collection of Ottoman paintings, important documents and calligraphic works. It hosts various lectures, workshops and exhibitions from time to time and gained immense popularity with its display of Auguste Rodin and Pablo Picasso's works. The in-house restaurant , Müzedechanga , is popular for dishing out mouthwatering international delicacies. Open on all days except Mondays.

Istanbul, Turkey
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