The Military Museum is one of the largest museums in Istanbul and is situated north of Taksim in the Harbiye district. It presents the history of war and weapons from the beginnings of the Ottoman Empire to the founding of the Turkish Republic.
The museum is spread over several floors and is divided into various categories, such as war weapons, conquests and the Turkish War of Independence, each associated with a hall. In total, more than 5000 objects are exhibited here, which take you back to those days and illustrate the development of the military. Among other things, there are lances, daggers, pistols, tents, medals, shields, flags and paintings on display.
Another highlight is the Atatürk Hall, where the remarkable collection of the Ottoman general and state founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is exhibited. In addition, the fourteen swords of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and the equipment of his horse are particularly noteworthy. Furthermore, the collection also shows the famous chain, which was stretched across the Golden Horn by the Byzantines before the conquest of Constantinople, to prevent the invasion of the Ottoman army.
Do not miss the highlight of the museum: the Mehter. You can listen to the traditional march music of the Janissary Band every afternoon from 3pm to 3:45 pm. The Mehter was once the military band and accompanied the Sultan in the battle on the front line.