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Karatay Çini Eserleri Müzesi (Karatay Museum or Ceramics Museum)

Karatay Çini Eserleri Müzesi (Karatay Museum or Ceramics Museum) Review

The Karatay Medresesi—a seminary founded in 1251 by Celaleddin Karatay, a Seljuk emir—is now home to Konya's small ceramics museum. The main attraction is the building itself, which was recently restored and features a stunning dome lined with blue, black, and white tiles representing the starry heavens; in the vaulted corners below are stylized ceramic inscriptions of the names of the prophets. The frieze beneath the dome and the vaulted hall, or eyvan, at the end of the building, are just as dazzling. The emir's tomb is to the left of the main hall; other side rooms display smaller tile and ceramic works. Most impressive is a collection of rare figurative tiles from Kubadabad Palace in Beyşehir that show the Persian influence on Seljuk art. These include hunting scenes, people with distinctively Eastern features and clothing, and figurines of animals and mythological creatures, all highlighted in rich shades of cobalt blue and turquoise.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Ankara Cad. at Alaaddin Bul., Konya
  • Phone: 332/351–1914
  • Cost: 3 TL
  • Hours: Summer, Tues.–Sun. 9–7; winter, Tues.–Sun. 9–5 (last entry 20 minutes before closing)
  • Location: Konya
Updated: 11-21-2013

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