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   Sakip Sabanci Museum

Sabanci University's Sakip Sabanci Museum is located in Emirgan, at one of Istanbul's oldest settlements on the Bosphorus.

In 1927, Prince Mehmed Ali Hasan of the Hidiv family of Egypt commissioned the Italian architect Edouard De Nari to build the villa, now the museum's main building, and it was used as a summer house for many years by various members of the Hidiv family; for a short time it also served as the Montenegran Embassy.

After the mansion was purchased in 1950 by industrialist Haci Omer Sabanci from Princess Iffet, a member of the Hidiv family, as a summer residence, it came to be known as Atli Kosk, "The Horse Mansion", because of the statue of a horse (purchased in the same year) that was installed in the garden; the statue is the 1864 work of the French sculptor Louis Doumas.

A second horse sculpture on the grounds of Atli Kosk that gave the mansion its name is the cast of one of the four horses taken from Sultanahmet square in Istanbul when it was looted by Crusaders during the Fourth Crusade in 1204 and removed to the Basilica of San Marco in Venice.

After the death of Haci Omer Sabanci in 1966, Atli Kosk began to be used permanently as a home by Sakip Sabanci in 1974 as the eldest of the family, and for many years housed Sakip Sabanci's rich collection of calligraphy and paintings. In 1998, together with its collection and furnishings, the mansion was allocated to Sabanci University to be transformed into a museum.

With the annex of a modern gallery, the exhibition areas of the museum opened to visitors in 2002; with a further extension of the layout in 2005, the technical level of the museum reached international standards.

Today Sabanci University Sakip Sabanci Museum presents a versatile museological environment with its rich permanent collection, the comprehensive temporary exhibitions that it hosts, its conservation units, model educational programs and the various concerts, conferences and seminars held there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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