Istanbul 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 that name.

TEVFIK FIKRET (1867-1915)

Tevfik FikretTevfik 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.

Asiyan Museum Contact Info

Asiyan Yolu, Bebek

Telephone: 90-212-2636986

Open daily except Mondays and Thursdays, 09:00-17:00


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