Allay Pavilion

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Allay Pavilion Istanbul Reviews

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Alay Pavilion Jun 01, 2017
The Alay Pavilion is a building constructed above the outer wall of Topkapi Palace( Sultan City Wall) by the command of Mehmet the Conqueror. The recent mansion was constructed in Western Europe architectural style by order of Sultan Mahmud II in the early 19th century. The only structure within Topkapi Palace with windows looking over streets of Istanbul, was for Sultans to watch and receive the salute of processing Janissary. It was composed of a round sultan room and service buildings. The top of the pavilion was covered by a wide canopied bulbed, slotted, lead line cone.

It lost its function in 1855 when the new Allay Pavilion was constructed at one side of Dolmabahce Palace. In 1928 Council Literature meetings were held here as well.The original Allay Pavilion was not used for so long before it was restorated severely and put into service in 2011.

Bearing all the glory and beauty of history, Alay Mansion( Procession Kiosk)serves as "Literature Museum Library"named after Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, a most notable writer of Turkish literature. Museum located at the left of Gulhane Park's entrance hints that it is a hidden gem of the city, even before entering.

The museum section of the library features personal belongings of literary figures, manuscripts and first editions of various books. With walls decorated with A. H. Tanpinar's photographs from his student life, teaching years, and personal life, takes the enthusiasts through a historical journey.

Museum's library section offers a rich archive to literature lovers. There are over 8000 books in the library by more than 1000 writers, 1000 being on Istanbul. The room on the left just after you enter the kioskis allocated to award -winning books. In this section there are over 700 books with awards from sixty different institutions including prestigious prizes such as Behcet Necatigil Poetry, Haldun Taner Story, etc. Here you can see also the letters of foreign ambassadors and writters who lived in Istanbul.

Each room of this historical museum is arranged as a separate section. You may selevt a book by Nobel prize winner Turkish author Orhan Pamuk or Sair Nedim or another award- winning book in the room allocated to Nobel awarded books, and sit at the divan by the window and read in peace.

There are around hundred modern artliterature magazines in the library. The visitors may access the current issues of tens of periodicals. Domed Hall in the kiosk, once used by the Sultan, is allocated for world literature. Visitors can find here various books translated into their languages.

As the large hall on the ground floor is used for activities and exhibitions, the visitors may perform on the piano in the room, if they wish.

There are no fees for entrance or activities. The museum can be visited every day except Sundays, between 10a.m. and 7p.m.

Address: Alemdar Mah. Inside Gulhane Park, Alay Kosku( Procession Kiosk), Fatih- Istanbul
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vicIII says:
Thanks for your detailed description and advice!
Posted on: Feb 09, 2018
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