Saturday, June 24, 2017


Aşiyan, Bebek - Istanbul, Turkey

GPS : 41°04'57.7"N 29°03'13.8"E / 41.082705, 29.053837

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The Aşiyan Museum is a three storey house previously owned by Tevfik Fikret (1867-1915), a famous Turkish poet who lived there between 1906-1915. On the initiative of Lütfi Kırdar, both the mayor and governer of Istanbul during that period, it was  purchased from his widow, Nazime Hanım, and publicised by the city in 1940 and began its services as a museum under the name Edebiyat-ı Cedide Museum in 1945.

In 1961, the Museum (Edebiyat-ı Cedide Museum) was renamed as the Aşiyan Museum and is one of the museums operated by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. It is also one an important place to be visited for lovers of literature.

This museum is the former residence of famous Turkish poet Tevfik Fikret (1867-1915) who constructed the building himself. In addition to an exhibit of the personal belongings of Fikret, there is a room devoted to the poet Nigar Hanım and displaying some of the belongings of Abdülhak Hamit. It's located in Aşiyan neighborhood on the Bosphorus.

Tevfik Fikret (1867 - 1915), one of Turkey's leading poets, was born in 1867 in Istanbul. He was educated in the famous Mekteb-i Sultani (Galatasaray High School) and he took several educational positions in the Mekteb-i Sultani (1894-1895).

Aşiyan Museum is the former home of the famous Turkish poet Tevfik Fikret. The wooden mansion overlooking Bosphorus was built by the poet himself. On show are the poet's several possessions and the painting Sis ( Fog ) made by Sultan Abdülmecid who was inspired by Tevfik Fikret's poem of that name.

He was the most important poet of the Servet-i Fünun literary movement (1896-1901) and his poetry marked a revolutionary beginning for modern Turkish literature. His efforts to "Westernize" Turkish poetry and his poems with their didactic and patriotic tone, inspired the enlightenment and secularism movements in Turkey. This explains why Tevfik Fikret was one of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's favorite poets.

The ground floor of the museum is used for administrative affairs. On the above floor, there is a room dedicated to the poet, Nigar Hanım, where her personal belongings, such as photos and paintings are on exhibit. There is a room called the “Edebiyat-ı Cedide Room,” in which the personal belongings and documents that belonged to the authors of Edebiyat-ı Cedide.

It is also the Hall of Abdülhak Hamit, and his belongings and documents are displayed there. Abdülhak Hamit is also famous for his poem, Makber, meaning The Grave. As for the next floor, there is a bedroom in which his personal belongings and the bed on which he passed away are found. Next to his seat and worktable, there is a work hall, in which he wrote poems and other writings and in which are found his personal affairs and paintings.


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