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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi), Istanbul

Categories: Military Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
With approximately 55,000 objects in its collection, Military Museum (Asker Muzesi) remains one of the world’s largest museums representing the history of Turkey from the Ottoman Empire to the modern state. The museum holds military objects like a Byzantine chain stretched across the Golden Horn during the siege of Constantinople, and a Greek flag captured by the Turkish military. Each afternoon, the world’s oldest military band performs marches dressed in traditional uniforms, a testament to the fact that the Ottomans incorporated music into the army life before anyone else. Use our Istanbul family vacation planner to add Military Museum (Asker Muzesi) and other attractions to your Istanbul vacation plans.
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  • Turkey's military history is a museum showcasing. It is a Museum focusing on Ottoman Turkey today than the one centered on ancient medieval and modern history. It is recommended over time 3 hours anyway are large and impressive as the tour. There aren't many tourists is quite extensive exhibition.
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  • The military museum is located in Istanbul. Contains old military machinery and equipment over the Ottoman and Turkish history. Visit with the kids fun for them as they watch new and different things.
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  • Two days in Istanbul, One of the largest cities in Europ. Tight pathways and roads and the Bosphorus. Military Mursum is one of the places visit in Istanbul. Many old buildings and homes around , but ...  read more »
  • Well, too much old stuff for me, roughly 1/8 about "modern" conflict like IWW / Cyprus campaign, so if you´re into it, consider the time to spend here. About Armenia genocide nothing, just bunch of photos "like Armenian people terrorize Turkish nation". About all what happen as reaction&revenge for this action I see nothing much to consider. Ticket price was 7TL. If U wanna just that heli pics, get in and stay outside just right after gate n.1 and its for free. Also some aircraft, tank and cannons are here on display, outside of building.
  • Excellent time spent at the museum reading all the small storylines of life during the occupation. The collection is wonderful and is presented well. Thank you for a wonderful visit...
  • One of the best and good organised musaim in istanbul. You can see the chain that was used to close phosphorus by connecting from asian side to europe side in Ottoman times.
  • it almost is reall militiary as you will see various kinds of weapons and military stuff of old time. nice place
  • The museum has good exhibits of swords, daggers, armour spread around several floors, nicely displayed and precisely described in Turkish and English, and shown in chronological order and gives you ample opportunity to learn about Turkey’s rich past. The most imposing exhibits are the silk tents used by Ottoman sultans during invasions. Don’t miss the part of the Museum showing the great chain that Byzantines stretched across the Golden Horn in 1453 during the Ottoman siege of the city. My favourite exhibit is a flag from the 1389 Kosovo battle which took place on Kosovo field and was the beginning of the Ottoman Empire’s expansion into the Balkans and later into Europe. Even though the flag is faded you can still see the Ottoman inscription and blood stains on it. To hear the Mehter Band you have to be at the Military Museum at 3pm when there is a performance of 17th and 18th century Ottoman military music in full period costume. The special theatre built within the museum resembles an amphitheatre and has very good acoustics. The whole performance lasts for about half an hour and during this period you can learn why the Ottoman Army was so feared. According to the information at the Military Museum the Mehter Military Band is the oldest one in the world and all other military bands are an imitation of this one. Some believe that sound delivered from the Mehter had an influence on European classical music with composers such as Haydn (Military” Symphony), Mozart (The Abduction from the Seraglio) and Beethoven (Passage of the final movement of his Ninth Symphony).
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