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Panorama 1453, Istanbul

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History Museum Museum
Known primarily for its giant painting depicting the Conquest of Constantinople, Panorama 1453 presents history in 360 degrees. Established in 2009, the history museum houses a world-famous panoramic portrayal of the 1453 battle that effectively put an end to the Roman Empire. The huge painting presents the moment when the invading Ottoman troops broke through the city's Byzantine defenses. The realistic image measures 38 m (125 ft) in diameter and covers an area of about 2,300 sq m (25,000 sq ft). An accompanying soundtrack enhances the viewing experience by recreating battle cries and cannon blasts. Plan to see Panorama 1453 and other attractions that appeal to you using our Istanbul vacation trip planner.
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4.6
  • I liked this modern museum too much. It is a well-set up and organized museum, located directly next to the Topkapi tram station inside a park. It needs almost an hour to see it. In my opinion, the au...  more »
  • The sound inside is SOOO real!! Sems that we are in the middle of a battle! This museum surprised me  more »
  • Must see museum. Really enjoyed it. Go during the week days as not so busy. Bit noisy with all the school kids coming for tours all the time but they generally come and go quick so you get the quiet t...  more »
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  • Very disappointed. The entire siege of Istanbul is squeezed in few short prints displayed on the walls. They do not have any appeal to the audience. Audio aid for the wall prints are also poorly made and has a monotonous sound. Prints on the wall also do not have the English translations. Upstairs 360 panoramic display is somewhat impressive but it can only be viewed as entertaining ... the entire project should not be called a museum but maybe an exhibition of some sort ...
  • Small museum, but very cool big 360º panoramic. Museum exposition very small - just 1 floor and information stands on 2 walls.
  • This place is built so you can experience how was the time of conquest, bring your kids here, very amazing
  • You have to see this to understand and appreciate this attraction. A lesson in history but worth the effort. Wheelchair access available. Entry fee applicable. Unfortunately no credit or debit cards accepted.
  • Very nice place to visit specially with kids so they learn the history of the great warrior

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