Aşiyan Museum

Aşiyan Müzesi

Aşiyan Museum is located on the coast of the Bosporus strait in a house of a famous Turkish poet Tevfik Fikret. The poet lived in this exquisite three-storey wooden house from 1906 to 1915. Upon an initiative of the Mayor of Istanbul the house was purchased from the poet’s wife and converted to a museum in 1940. It was opened for public in 1945.

The upper floor of the museum is occupied by Tevfik Fikret’s works and personal belongings. Fikret started writing poetry at the age of 14. Fikret was the chief editor of the "Servet-i Fünun" magazine, which grouped a number of famous Turkish writers together. The magazine criticized moral and social vices of the Turkish society. The magazine was closed in 1901. In this very period Fikret writes his popular poem "Fog", aimed against despotism. It is interesting to mention that the museum also houses a famous picture "Fog", painted by then Ottoman Shahzada Abdulmecid II, which he created under the impression of the poem with the same name. Fikret created bitterly sarcastic political works, where he wrote about an assassination attempt on Abdulhamid II in 1906. In 1908 he created an ode to the glory of the Young Turk Revolution, called "The Song of the Nation". Fikret’s remains were reinterred on the territory of the museum in 1961.

Address: Bebek Mh., Aşiyan Yolu
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9 am – 4 pm, сlosed on Sun
Coordinates: 41.082711, 29.053824