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Pera Museum is a private museum with a large collection of Turkish Orientalist paintings, archaeological finds of Anatolian measurement units and tools used in Asia Minor since antiquity, and faiences of Kütahya.
Pera Museum is a private museum with a large collection of Turkish Orientalist paintings, archaeological finds of Anatolian measurement units and tools used in Asia Minor since antiquity, and faiences of Kütahya. Highlights of the art collection include ‘The Tortoise Trainer’ by Osman Hamdi Bey, ‘Harem of the Topkapı Palace’ by Franz Hermann, Jean Baptiste Vanmour’s paintings on the Ottoman Empire, ‘Amusement on the Caique’ and ‘Fishermen Bringing in the Catch’ by Fausto Zonaro, and ‘The Scribe’ by Julius Starck. The Anatolian Weights and Measures collection showcases the various measuring instruments in use since the 2nd millennium BC, throwing light on various periods and cultures, and their chronological development. The Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection is one of the best collections of its kind, with more than 800 artifacts from various periods, especially the 18th - 20th centuries.
Guided tours and audio guides are available at the reception.
Although not at the size of Hagia Sophia, this is the largest church (still used for religious activities) in Turkey
A neo-gothic anglican cathedral which would not be out of place in northwestern Europe, Crimean Memorial Church was built for the protestant community of the city by Britain in late 1800s
It was built by the Genoese on the city walls of Galata, then a western (Genoese/Venetian) stronghold beside eastern (Byzantine/Ottoman) Constantinople
A dancing hall of the mystical Mevlevi order, shut down in 1925 along with all other 'reactionary' movements in Turkey
Finding a quite large and still operating church on the edge of the main square of the largest city of a predominantly Muslim country may not be expected by everyone, but this is exactly the definition of the quite elaborate Hagia Triada
They have good art exhibits for free and sometimes have French films in the cinema
A must see for anyone interested in contemporary Turkish art, this is a nice, organized museum with contemporary installations
This park was royal hunting grounds in the past
While this partially intact marble pillar dating back to 4th century AD may seem unremarkable, it was the starting point of any distance measured within the empire during the Byzantine era, so it may be nice to think that you are in the centre of where all the roads lead to (or, rather, start from)
A Bulgarian Orthodox church better known as Demir Kilise, i