West art the day a visit to the Sadberk Hanim Museum situated in the picturesque and historic Azaryan Yali, now a museum, where the collection includes prehistoric artifacts as well as Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Byzantineand Roman pieces, along Seljuk and Ottoman tiles and remarkable collection of Ottoman textiles. Our next stop is the Sakip Sabanci Museum, where we view its rich collections of calligraphy, antiques and Anatolian art andrelics, all in thebeautifully appointed rooms of a privateresidence. Themuseum’scalligraphyandilluminatedmanuscriptcollection is among the finest in the World, and a portion of the collection was displayed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in an exhibition entitled “Letters in Gold”. In the afternoon, we visit the Turkish Islamic Arts Museum, which contains a priceless collection of Ottoman calligraphy in gold, intricate miniatures, ceramics, and magnificent carpets, some dating back to the 13th century. What makes the museum unique is the fact that it is housed in theformer palace of IbrahimPasha, one of Suleyman the Magnificent’s grand viziers. After this we move on to Istanbul’s World-renowned Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar was built between 1455-1461. There are thousands of shops that offer hand-woven carpets, kilims, hand-made gold items and silver jewelery, burnished beaten copper, inlaid wood, hand painted ceramics, leather goods, illuminate dmanuscripts, inlaidebony, and jewelry boxes and Greek and Roman artifacts. Learn about Ottoman textiles and caftans, handmade and unique archeolagical jewelry, Ottoman and Central Asian carpets, and World famous Iznik and Kutahya tiles and ceramics from one of Turkey’s leading collector sand dealers.
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