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Jewish Museum, Turkey


Basic Information

Location Karakoy Square, Perçemli St, Istanbul
Phone number +90 (212) 292 63 33 / 34
Country Turkey
City Istanbul

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.muze500.com/
Geographical Coordinates 41.02315,28.97451


The Jewish Museum of Turkey is a cultural center established by the Quincentennial Foundation to inform the society of the traditions and history of Turkish Jewry. It was inaugurated on November 25, 2001. The Quincentennial Foundation was established in 1989 by 113 Turkish citizens, Jews and Muslims alike, to celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of Sephardim's arrival to the Ottoman Empire.


The museum building, formerly known as Zülfaris Synagogue, was restored and remodeled to suit a museum. There is evidence that this synagogue existed in 1671, and its foundations suggest that another structure was built during the colony of the Republic of Genoa. It was recorded as "Holy Sinavi (Synagogue) in Galata" or "Kal Kadoş Galata", it was called as "Zulfaris" which is thought to have derived from the Persian word "Zülf-ü Arus", meaning "the fringe of a bride". However the actual building was re-erected over its original foundations presumably in the early 19th century, probably in 1823.


Museum Hours:

Mondays to Thursdays: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Friday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM; Sunday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM; The museum is closed on Saturdays and Religious Holidays

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