Asiyan Museum is a three storey house
previously owned by Tevfik Fikret
(1867-1915), a famous Turkish poet who
lived there between 1906–1915. On the
initiative of Lütfi Kirdar, both the
mayor and governer of
that period, it was purchased from his
widow, Nazime Hanim, and publicised by
the city in 1940 and began its services
as a museum under the name Edebiyat-i
Cedide Museum in 1945.
ground floor of the museum is used for
administrative affairs. On the above
floor, there is a room dedicated to the
poet, Nigar Hanim, where her personal
belongings, such as photos and paintings
are on exhibit. There is a room called
the “Edebiyat-i Cedide Room,” in which
the personal belongings and documents
that belonged to the authors of
Edebiyat-i Cedide. It is also the Hall
of Abdulhak Hamit, and his belongings
and documents are displayed there.
Abdulhak Hamit is also famous for his
poem, Makber, meaning The Grave. As for
the next floor, there is a bedroom in
which his personal belongings and the
bed on which he passed away are found.
Next to his seat and worktable, there is
a work hall, in which he wrote poems and
other writings and in which are found
his personal affairs and paintings.
In 1961, the
Museum (Edebiyat-i Cedide Museum) was
renamed as the Asiyan Museum and is one
of the museums operated by
Metropolitan Municipality. It is also
one an important place to be visited for
lovers of literature.
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