Bayezid II Turkish Bath Culture Museum
Istanbul University, pioneering ineducation since 1933, and joined to the World's best 500 universitiesin 2011, the beautiful school which I studied and graduated. Thecradle of the wisdom and the sweetest memories.
Professor Dr. Nurhan Atasoy, agranddaughter of a grand vizier. One of the World's mostknowledgeable but most humble, the most successful, but the mostsociable, art historians. She is a honorable lady who has got books,articles and works on over 120 subjects, and continue to provide.
Yes, the inspirational theme of thisarticle is one of the most precious museum of Turkish Art History,resulting of the important work that Istanbul University and Prof.Dr. Nurhan Atasoy signed together; Bayezid II Turkish Bath CultureMuseum.
Now we would like to take you on animportant journey in the depths of history are you ready?
Shall we begin with the historicalBeyazıt II Hammam or also known as Patrona Halil Bath which is thethe host of museum?
Bayezid II Turkish Bath that takingattention with its flamboyant architecture, being large andconsisting of double bath in 16th century hammams of Istanbul, hasbeen taken by UNESCO to the World Heritage list, in 1985.
Property of Bath belonging to theIstanbul University. This Turkish bath is an important symbol of theOttoman architecture and culture transferred from generation togeneration.
Bayezid II Bath is also host to thereliefs of the Eastern Rome's Theodosius Forum, which situated inthis area 1,600 years ago.
This water beauty is one of the oldestbath houses of Ottoman Capital. It was built as one of the annexbuildings Beyazit II Mosque after the conquest of Istanbul. BeyazitII is the son of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.
This magnificent Turkish bath with adazzling architectural structure was recorded to Ottoman History witha very important case. Patrona Halil, who served as tellak (attendantwho massages and bathes the customers of a Turkish bath) in BeyazitII bath after being discharged from the janissary has designed thefamous Patrona Halil rebellion on heated marble slab of this hammam.This revolt has caused to end the Tulip Era (1718-1730) which wasdebauchery period of the Ottoman Empire and the abdication of SultanAhmet. III. Essentially this building has witnessed many tragedyoccurred during the Ottoman Period.
What about the first Turkish BathCulture Museum concept, how did the idea developed, and how it wasimplemented?
II. Bayezid Turkish Bath Culture Museumrestored in accordance with the function of the hammam's history andopened to the public on May 26, 2015.
The building that taking attention withit's beauty, located on the right side towards to Laleli from Beyazitwhich is a historic district of Istanbul. It has been worked up intoTurkish Bath Culture Museum with the very important contributions ofIstanbul University and Professor Dr. Nurhan Atasoy. It aimed withthis project; to inform the visitors by showing the historicalTurkish bath and antique bath accessories about the importance ofwater in everyday life of Ottoman society and how actualized thehistorical process of change and transformation.
Ethnographic works belonging to theTurkish bath tradition are presented to the visitors in the museum.
There are antique kildanlık (old perforated soap box made of copper,iron or silver), copper or silver Turkish bath bowls, the first examples of pestemal, Turkish bath bundles, Turkish bath gloves, andmany hammam stuffs in the unique bath museum, which has been foundedwith donations with the efforts of Professor Dr. Nurhan Atasoy. Manyof these ware were obtained from the collection of antiquariandonors.
This museum does not just operate axisof the hammam theme. It has got a dynamic museum originality, byallowing the opening of different exhibits in the exhibition centersof the museum, in addition to the bath section. In this context, twofront domed dressing sections of hammam, have been turned intoexhibition hall. The rear bathe places have been configured asmuseum.
It is a museum highly recommended forforeign guests visiting Istanbul.
Museum admission is free of charge.
Address: Derviş Mehmed Sokak,Vezneciler. At the side of Faculty of Literature (Edebiyat FakültesiYanı)
Phone Number: 90 (212) 440 00 00,Extension: 16120-16121
Museum closed on Mondays,
Other days; open from 09:30AM to04:30PM.
Who is Bayezid II?
(December 3, 1447 - May 26, 1512). Sonof the Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. He is the eighth Ottoman Sultan.Beyazit II has increased the empire earth to 2.375 million km, duringthe 31 years that he remained on the throne.
A very well education provided to himby his father Mehmed the Conqueror. He was trained as a real Sultan.He studied with most important scholars of the period. He came tothrone in 1481 and began to administer the empire. He had attachedgreat importance to scholars and artists as well as the stategovernment, during his Sultanate.
Italian Sailor Christopher Columbus,who discovered America, wanted to given some ships from SultanBayezid II in 1484, in order to find new countries for him. Sultanrefused this requisition. Christopher Columbus's this request isstill present in the Ottoman archives.
Also in 1502, the Italian artist andinventor Leonardo Da Vinci offered a project to the Sultan BayezidII, for the establishment of a bridge over the Golden Horn. However,Da Vinci's extraordinary project was not accepted by Sultan. Asimilar bridge was built in Norway in 2001.
A lot of works bearing the seal ofSultan Bayezid II, who had a great interest in literature, currentlytaking place in Turkish and European libraries.