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Sheikh Hamdullah Efendi (1436 – 1520)

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Photograph © HAT SAN’ATI Tarihçe, Malzeme ve Örnekler, Istanbul.

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March 26, 2007 at 9:47 pm

Hattat Ibrahim Arif (? – 1767)

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Photograph © Gallery of Portakal Sanat ve Kültür Evi, Istanbul

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March 26, 2007 at 9:25 pm

Hattat Mehmed Sefik (1819-1879)

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ZERENDUD TEKKE LEVHA. Ketebeli. Sultan II. Mahmud’un kizi Adile Sultan’a özel yazilmis. Kahverengi zemin üzerine celî sülüs hatla göbek kisminda “Allah, Muhammed, Ebubekir, Ömer, Osman, Ali Hasan Hüseyin Fatma” etrafinda 12 imamin ve tarikat büyüklerinin isimleri yazili. Alt kisminda ise “Tariki Naksibendiye ricalinden Mehmed Can Hazretleri’nin hulefasindan katbol arifin merhum Seyh Ali Efendi’nin müridesi Adile binti Sultan Mahmud” yazili. 60 x 57 cm.

Photograph © Gallery of Portakal Sanat ve Kültür Evi, Istanbul

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March 26, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Hattat Hafiz Osman Efendi (1642-1698)

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Calligraphic Writing in Sulus and Nesih scripts

Photograph © HAT SAN’ATI Tarihçe, Malzeme ve Örnekler, Istanbul.

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March 26, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Istanbul Naval Museum

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The Istanbul Naval Museum is the most comprehensive museum of its kind in Turkey. With its extraordinarily rich and varied collection, numbering some 20,000 pieces, it is among the major museums of the world. The Naval Museum operates under the Commander of the Navy and was the first military museum founded in Turkey.

Initial situation of the museumWith orders of the Naval Commander-in-Chief Bozcaadalı Hasan Hüsnü Pasha and the support of the Commander of the Imperial Naval Arsenal Admiral Arif Hikmet Pasha, the Naval Museum was founded in 1897 by Commander Süleyman NUTKİ in the Imperial Naval Arsenal (now Taşkızak Shipyard in Hasköy, İstanbul), as the Museum and Library Administration Office.

Ali Sami BOYARAt first the museum opened its doors mainly as a repository of unclassified objects. However, in 1914 the Minister of the Navy Cemal Pasha, as he had realized with all other aspects of the Navy, renovated both the museum and its administration when he appointed Lieutenant Ali Sami BOYAR Director. A maritime artist, BOYAR subsequently reorganized the museum collections scientifically, established a ship-model workshop for building models and half-models of Turkish ships, and a workshop to manufacture human figures for museum displays, all integral steps in the development of the museum to its present status.

At the beginning of World War II, the collections were moved to Anatolia for safekeeping. After the war, the museum collections were returned to İstanbul in 1946, this time to a more suitable building complex of the Dolmabahçe Mosque. Following two years of preparation by the Museum Director Haluk ŞEHSUVAROĞLU, the new museum was opened to the public on 27 September 1948.

Complex of the Dolmabahçe Mosque with the widening of Dolmabahçe Avenue, it was necessary to relocate the museum once again. It was moved a short distance in 1961 to its current location in Beşiktaş, next to the tomb and monument of Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha (Barbarossa).

Hayrettin İskelesi Sok.80690 Beşiktaş/İstanbul – Türkiye
Phone +90 212 327 43 45
Fax +90 212 236 68 93

Photograph © Turkish Naval Museum Istanbul.

“Armorial from the Reign of Sultan Abdülhamit (1876-1909)”
Armorial bearing the “El Ghazi” monogram of Sultan Abdülhamit carved in relief on a raised, red-brown oval surface. The monogram is encircled by a gilt carved-rope design tied into a bow knot at the top.Dimensions : 92×83 cm

“Chart of the Persian Gulf to Baghdad”Printed in color by the Naval Academy in 1865. Drawn by the schoolmaster Ali Bey of the War Academy, the chart includes the monogram of Sultan Abdülaziz (1861-1876) and is made to an Ottoman scale. Dimensions: 55 x 134 cm.

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March 26, 2007 at 3:57 pm

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Military and Maritime Museum in Istanbul

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This is one of the leading museums of its kind in the world. The military museum and culture center was reopened at its present building in 1993 with a very successful and contemporary exhibition concept. The former military academy, where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was also a student, was renovated and various additions were made. Today in 22 rooms about nine thousand pieces are exhibited, out of a total collection of fifty thousand objects.

On the ground floor, the display of bows and arrows in the first room is followed by sections containing the weapons and other regalia of the cavalry, daggers and lancets, and sections devoted to Selim I, Mehmet the Conqueror, the conquest of Istanbul, weaponry from the early Islamic, Iranian, Caucasian, European . and Turkish periods. This floor also houses a unique collection of helmets and armor, as well as the sections allocated to firearms and tents. On the upper floor there are rooms where objects from World War I, the Battle of Gallipoli, and the War of Independence, and uniforms from more recent times are displayed. There is also an Ataturk room. The Janissary Band gives concerts in the museum.

Adres: Askeri Müze ve Kültür Sitesi Komutanlığı Harbiye- Şişli / İSTANBUL
Tel : 0 212 2332720

Fax: 0 212 2968618

Photograph © Dick Osseman.

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March 26, 2007 at 1:46 pm

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The library of the Netherlands Historical and Archaeological Institute was founded in 1958 and has ever since provided information and services to Turkish and foreign scientiests, and also to students of history and archaeology. Its collections have been continuously augmented and presently comprise over 15,000 volumes, which are placed in areas which are directly accesible to the public.

The library consists of a number of sections. The main section contains publications on the archaeology of Turkey, the Balkans and the Middle East, with an emphasis on the earlier, pre-classical periods. The most important excavation reports, specialist studies and archaeological journals for this field of study can be foun in this section of the library which forms a unique collection in itself in İstanbul. The second section comprises books on the history of the Ottoman period, moreover general publications and journals on Islam and the Middle East. Apart from these, the second section has a growing number of publications in Turkish and other languages about the Selçuk Period. A third section comprises a large number of publications on Hititology and concerning the art and architecture of Europe between the 16th and 20 th centuries. The fifth section comprises books on the more recent history of Europe in general and the Netherlands more specifically.

Each year new publications on the above mentioned fields are acquired and lists with recent acquisitions are available free of charge. Most publications are in English, but there are also books published in a.i. Turkish, German and French Though the books can not be borrowed, photocopies can be made against a small payment.

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March 26, 2007 at 1:38 pm

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