Asiyan Museum was established in the house of the renowned
poet, Tevfik Fikret. It was purchased by the city in 1940
with the aim of establishing a literary museum. The poet's
remains were reentered on the museums grounds in 1961.
On the ground floor, one can see photos pertaining to
the literary movement Edebiyat-i Cedide. The personal
effects and library of Nigar Hanim is also on this floor.
She is one of the first Turkish woman poets. Memorabilia
of the poet Abdulhak Hamit Tarhan and two oil paintings
by the last Caliph Abdulmecid are also on the display.
The upper floor is devoted to artwork and memorabilia
concerning Tevfik Fikret himself.
The wooden mansion overlooking the Bosphorus was built
by the poet's own hands. On display are many of the poet's
several possessions as well as a painting Sis (Fog) by
Abdulmecid. It was inspired by Tevfik Fikret's poem of
Fikret, one of Turkey's leading poets, was born in 1867
in Istanbul. He was educated in the famous Mekteb-i Sultani
(Galatasaray High School). He held several educational
positions at the Mekteb-i Sultani (1894-1895) and Robert
College. He was the most important poet of the Servet-i
Funun 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 secularist movements in Turkey.
This helps explain why Tevfik Fikret was one of the favorite
poets of the Founder and First President of the Republic
of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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