Hg2 : The Hedonist

Calligraphy Museum

Famously, Islam forbids the depiction of living beings in art, so Istanbul’s museums offer a unique experience. rnWell, this isn’t strictly true (the depiction of the living creatures in a non-sacred context is allowed in some Muslim cultures) but certainly Muslim and Ottoman artists spent their time not trying to mimic nature as Westerners did but, instead, creating more abstract beauty in the calligraphy and patterned decoration, notably in the famous tugras, or calligraphic emblems-cum-signatures of the sultans.rnrnAlthough the Museum’s collection has literally fragmented as a result of disgraceful incompetence over the years, there are several beautiful things to see here, especially the illuminated Korans, and it is worth a detour from the nearby Grand Bazaar.

Beyazit Square, Beyazit,
+90 212 527 5851
Opening Times
9am-4pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays
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