Until recently, closed for renovation, I was thrilled to finally see this museum. Turkish ceramic art is one of my favourite things.
The Lonely Planet Istanbul Guide says:
This building is thought to be the oldest surviving non-religious building in İstanbul. It was built in 1472 as an outer pavilion of the Topkapı Palace. It was used for watching sporting events. The recessed doorway area is covered with tiles – sometimes with white calligraphy on blue. The geometric patterns and colour of the tiles –turquoise, white, black – on the façade show Selcuk influence.
Much of the interior of the kiosk is covered with triangular and hexagonal tiles of brown, green, yellow and blue.
Much of the exhibition features İznik tiles from the 17th and 18th centuries.