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Bursa Museum of Turkish - Islamic Works of Art / Green Madrasah


The Green Madrasah (1414-1424) whose architect is Hadji İvaz Pasha, is one of the first Ottoman madrasahs. The Green Madrasah in which the creations of Archeology Museum were previously exhibited, has served as a Museum of Turkish – Islamic Works of Art since 1975.

Its design is a continuation of Anatolian Seljuks’ madrasahs with open court (eyvan). In its construction, rubbles and hewn stones were used. Some of the columns and and the headings of the columns belong to Byzantine Period. In the decorations with ceramics, techniques of mosaic, ceramics and colorful glaze were used.
In the museum, ceramic creations; wooden, carved, mosaic works of art, samples from Turkish mine arts; tombac and other metal creations; coins of Seljuks and Ottomans, traditional Turkish hadworks and clothes expending from 13th Century to 20th Century and belonging to Seljuk, Beyliks and Ottoman Periods are exhibited.


West Side Open Court;

The Seljuk unglazed ceramics of 12th – 13th Centuries and Seljuk glazed Rakka ceramics and the vase with double handles (12th Century) that was made with very rare minai technique are the most beautiful examples of this group.

In the section which houses all of the groups of Ottoman Ceramics;

Ceramics with red clay which is named as Milet work and was made in İznik in 14th century,

Blue – white ceramics of 15th century and ceramics ornamented with Haliç work,

The ceramics of 16th century which are known as Şam group,

Ceramics of Rhodes of 16th and 17th Centuries in which coral red can be seen

are exhibited.

1st Room

The Karagöz figures of the contemporary masters of Karagöz (a Punch and Judy style of shadow play) art, Hayali Küçük Ali and Hayali Osman Sözen, are exhibited in this room.

In the Karagöz art, the humour capacity of Turkish people is brough on the stage and the the subjects are borrowed from true life stories of local events. In the very same room, goods made of fabrics such as atlas and velvet decoreted with silver, pearls, and beads woven via needles, knit-needles and pins; pleasure goods such as hookah and tobacco box; silver clogs and samples of clocks are on display.


2nd Room

The art which is performed via carving motifs on wood and burying pieces of ivory, pearls, tortoiseshells has been applied since Middle Ages and especially in Ottoman Period, it was much more developed.

In this room, objects peculiar to this art are exhibited.

In the same room, door knobs used with wooden gates and taking shape according to the place they are used in; various keys and locks and banners made of copper, tombac and brass are exhibited.

The Classroom

In the classroom, examples from art of handwrittens, shapes of hadwritten, some pieces from the rich handling collection of the museum which involves every technique of Turkish handling art, exist.

The ornamental fixtures which is a branch of mine art, human figures decorated with silver mosaics, bronze Seljuk candlesticks of 12th and 13th centuries; chandeliers, weapons upon which is decorated with gold, silver and ivory mosaics, gülabdans and censers are exhibited.


3rd Room

Different examples of Turkish mine art, various saucers which were made of silver and most of which are embroidered with telkârî; cups made of porcelain and meerschaum can be seen.

4th Room

In this room where metallic Turkish kitchen utensils that are rich of garnish, emerge from the richnesses of Turkish mine art and Turkish kitchen, can be found; various food pots belonging to Ottoman and Timurid Empire Periods; trays, ewers, spoons made of wood, bone, pearl and tortoiseshell exist.


East Side Open Court

Apart from Kütahya ceramics of 18th and 19th centuries, various glass goods, Beykoz works, eye of the nightingale and 16th century examples of Bursa velvets which have a distinguished place among the Turkish fabrics, are exhibited.


5th Room

There are examples from the goods of dergâh.


6th Room

The museum collection which is rich of handwritten books and tablets, is exhibited with samples of covers and desk sets in this room.

7th Room

The goods that reflect the Turkish bath tradition are on display.

East Room

This room which does not show a particular aspect of a selected period, amplifies an old Turkish room.


Section of Coins

In the Museum of Turkish – Islamic Works of Art, a rich collection of Islamic coins can be found.

In the collection which consists of gold, silver, bronze coins, besides the coins of all Ottoman Sultans, the coins of Beyliks, Seljuk, İlhanlı, Mamluk, Abbasid, Umayyad, Sassanid and other Islam states exist.

In museum guide, the museums which are depicted, pertain to ethnographical qualities as they can be seen through the categories on the web site.
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Adıyaman Museum
Afyonkarahisar Museum
Aksaray Museum (Zinciriye Madrasah)
Museums of Alanya
Amasra Museum / Bartın
Amasya Museum
Ankara / Museum Of Anatolıan Cıvılızatıons
The Ethnography Museum of Ankara
Ankara Museum Of Foundatıon Works
Antalya Museum
Aydın Museum
Balikesir - Edremit Ayse Sıdıka Erke Ethnography Museum
Bilecik – Söğüt Ethnography Museum
Bitlis Ahlat Museum
Bolu Museum
Burdur Museum
Bursa Museum of Turkish - Islamic Works of Art / Green Madrasah
Çanakkale Museum
Çankırı Museum
Alacahöyük and Boğazköy Museums of Çorum
Çorum Museum
Denizli Atatürk and Ethnographical Museum
Düzce Konuralp Museum / Bolu
Edirne Museum Of Archeology And Ethnography
Edirne Museum of Turkish Islamic Works of Art
Gaziantep Museums
Gumushane İkizevler City Museum
Hatay (Antakya/Antioch) Museum
Isparta Museum
Isparta Yalvaç Museum
Istanbul / Dolmabahçe Palace
Istanbul / Museum Of Palace Collectıons
Istanbul / Topkapı Palace Museum
Istanbul / The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Works of Art
Istanbul / The Museum of Foundations Calligraphy Arts
Istanbul / Turkish Museum of Buildings and Works of Art
Istanbul / Foundations Carpet Museum
Istanbul / Yıldız Porcelain Factory Museum
Istanbul / Yıldız City Museum - Yıldız Palace
Izmir - Tire Museum
Izmir Ethnography Museum
Iznik Hagia Sophia Müzesi
Iznik City Museum (Nilüfer Hatun Complex)
Kayseri Museums
Konya Ereğli Museum
Konya Ethnography Museum
Konya Karatay (Encaustic Tile Works) Museum
Konya Mevlana Museum
Konya İnce Minaret (Stone and Wooden Works) Museum
Kütahya Tile Museum
Mardin Museum
Nevşehir Museum
Nevşehir Ürgüp Museum
Samsun Archaeology and Ethnography Museum:
Sanlıurfa Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography
Tokat Museum
Urgup, Fantastic Museum in Cappadocia (Private Museum)
Van Museum
Birsen Malkoç
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