Ibrahim Pasha Palace, Istanbul
Located at the Hippodrome, just across from the famous Blue Mosque. Ibrahim Pasa Palace was the grandest private residence ever built in the Ottoman Empire. It was a gift to Ibrahim Pasa, the Grand Vizier of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, after he married the Sultan's sister, Hatice. The Palace was in ruins by the 19th century but it was restored and opened to the public in 1983 as the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum.
Istanbul E-pass includes Turkish and Islamic Art Museum Tour with English speaking Professional Guide. For details, please check "Hours & Meeting".
What time is the Ibrahim Pasa Palace open?
The Museum is open seven days a week except Mondays.
How much is the entrance fee for the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum?
The entrance fee for the Museum is 60 Turkish Liras. You can buy tickets at the entrance. Please note that there may be long ticket lines during peak season. Guided tour with admission is free for Istanbul E-pass holders.
Where is the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum located?
It is located at the center of Sultanahmet Square , on the west side of the Hippodrome , opposite the famous Blue Mosque .
From Old City Hotels ; Get the T1 Tram to Sultanahmet station. From there, the Museum is a short 5 minutes walk away.
From Taksim Hotels; Take the funicular to Kabatas and get the T1 Tram to Sultanahmet .
From Sultanahmet Hotels; The Museum is within walking distance.
How long does it take to visit the Museum, and what is the best time to visit?
Visiting the Museum takes around 30 minutes if you see it by yourself. Guided tours generally take about 45-50 minutes. We recommend visiting the Museum around 10 o'clock while fewer tourists prefer to visit.
History about the Museum
Although we don't know the exact construction date of the Palace, it is widely believed to have been built sometime around 1520. Ibrahim Pasha was a Greekistian and converted to Islam. He became the closest friend of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificient during the early years of his reign. In 1523, Ibrahim Pasha was appointed as Grand Vezir, and the following year he married Suleyman's sister, Hatice. As a gift from the Sultan, they were given this Palace at the Hippodrome. It is the grandest private residence ever built in the Ottoman Empire. You can have an idea of the great wealth and power that Ibrahim Pasha had at that time by even a casual view of the Palace. Later in Sultan Suleyman's reign, when he fell under the influence of his wife Hurrem, the Sultan believed that Ibrahim must be eliminated because he was acting like he was in control of the Empire. So one night in 1536, after having dinner with the Sultan, Ibrahim retired to a room in the Palace and was executed while sleeping. All of his wealth was confiscated by the Sultan, and Hatice went back to Topkapi Palace .
For some time in the 16th century, the Palace was used as a dormitory and school for Topkapı Palace's apprentices. Over the next three centuries, because of many wars and earthquakes, the Palace fell into ruin. Finally, in 1983, it was restored and opened as a Turkish and Islamic Art Museum where you can see examples of Seljuk, Mamluk, and Ottoman cultural history.
The Final Word
Ibrahim Pasha Palace in Istanbul has been the residence of Grand Viziers of the Ottoman Empire. Now the palace has been converted into a Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. Thus, it offers an excellent place to learn about Turkey and Islam. If you are interested in looking at precious Turkish carpets, this is a must-visit place for you.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Tour Times
There are several tour options at day time.
You can manage your tour with the customer support team.
Istanbul E-pass Guide Meeting Point
Meet with the guide at the front of the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Entrance.
Our guide will hold the Istanbul E-pass flag at the meeting point at meeting time.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Tour performs in English
Admission price and a guided tour is free with Istanbul E-pass
Istanbul E-pass is available only with a guided tour for Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
Photo ID will be asked from Child Istanbul E-pass holders.