Have you ever looked into a sailor’s map of the Ottoman fleet?
If not, then you are at the exactly right place. This world map is one of many valuable collector’s items from the 16th century. Initially, the Naval Museum was founded in 1897 in Taskizak on the Golden Horn. For security reasons, at the beginning of the Second World War, the collections and associated library were moved to Konya until the end of the war. It was only in 1960 that the museum celebrated its reopening in Dolmabahçe Palace.
Admire more than 4,000 items, including Ottoman rowboats, calligraphies, flags, maps and navigational instruments from that era. The self-drawn original map of one of the most famous admirals of Ottoman naval history, Piri Reis, is particularly impressive. He was especially interested in the science of navigation and the exploration of newly discovered countries around the Atlantic.