Askeri Muze ve Kultur Sitesi KomutanlIgI, Istanbul

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Military Museum · Museum
Discover over a thousand years of Turkish military history at Askeri Muze ve Kultur Sitesi KomutanlIgI, boasting impressive exhibits and hosting live performances. Mehter, the world's oldest military band, puts on a show each afternoon at the museum. While this is the main draw for many visitors, you can also spend you time viewing over 9,000 artifacts spread across 22 rooms, which focus mainly on the Ottoman era up to World War I. See weapons, uniforms, tools, and even the chain used by the Byzantines to block the sultan's navy from entering the city during the famous siege of 1453. Plan to visit Askeri Muze ve Kultur Sitesi KomutanlIgI during your Istanbul vacation using our convenient Istanbul trip itinerary builder app.
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  • Awesome experience of viewing history military campaigns encompassing conquest of Constantinople (present Istanbul) by the Muslims, the military campaign by Kamal Ata Turk for revival of Turkey after....  more »
  • this museum is not covered by the Istanbul Museum Pass but is definitely worth the cost of the entrance fee given the long history of the ottomans, there is a lot to see. there is an exhibit...  more »
  • This place is fascinating for military historians, with hall after hall of weapons and other artifacts. General historians will also find it interesting, with representations of the major conflicts...  more »
  • Very interesting place. Left with larger understanding and perspective. Be there at 3pm and see the performance. Pleanty of seats and they all have a good view of the show.
  • Very interesting visit. The museum is very well organised and one needs a lot of time to see it all. Good for children, also, mainly for the Mehter performance.
  • There is music between 15:00-15:50. I would suggest anyone to see that. I spend around 2 hours here. Definitely worth visiting and it’s only 10tl, free for students.
  • The vast, quaint Military Museum offers snapshots of fascinating episodes in Turkish history, covering the broad sweep of military exploits - from the initial drive west of the Turkish people, to the Dardanelles campaign. The museum is also an unexpeceted repository for many quite unwarlike artefacts from Yıldız Palace. At 3 pm the 50-strong Janissary Band (Mehter Bölüğü) in traditional uniform and sporting magnificent moustasches plays stirring marches with zurna, çevgen, zil and boru. (Cornucopia Mag. issue 60)
  • Not to be missed for a fuller understanding of the evolution of Turkey into a modern state from a foundation of an empire... built by a nomadic people that set out from the steppes of Asia.

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