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Museum for famous Turkish writers

Posted on 18 November 2011

 Alay Köşkü (Procession Kiosk), which is situated within Topkapı Palace’s walls, has been turned into the Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Museum and Library. The museum was opened by Culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay. It was organized within the framework of a project by the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

The Procession Kiosk is a structure built into the wall of Gülhane Park in Istanbul and served as a building for the Ottoman sultans. It is located opposite the gate of the Sublime Port. The building is called the Alay Köşkü (Procession Kiosk), because from there the sultan and his family could watch periodic parades of troops and trade guilds that commemorated great holidays and military victories along the walls of the palace down to the Golden Horn.

Across the street and 100m northwest of Gülhane gate is an outrageously curvaceous rococo gate leading into the precincts of what was once the grand vizierate; a complex of buildings where the Prime Minister of the Sultan lived and worked.

“In Istanbul’s Procession Kiosk, visitors will have the opportunity to discover all the objects, manuscripts and original translations of Ahmet Hamid Tanpınar’s works,” said Onur Bilge Kula, Culture and Tourism Ministry publishing manager.

The library also will serve as an archive for Ottoman-era magazines that focused on art and aesthetics, and will feature translated books and texts.

There will be works and sculptures of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar and other famous writers of Turkey such as Orhan Pamuk, Yahya Kemal, Necip Fazıl Kısakürek, Nedim and Nazım Hikmet.

More about Tanpınar here in this story in the Hürriyet Daily News



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