Shahzades Museum

Shahzades Museum

This timber framed, two-storey, old house was renovated in accordance with the original plan and opened as Shahzades Museum. The museum is most popular with tourists as it displays sculptures of Ottoman sultans who were privately trained in the city as shahzades. The statues are all dressed and displayed according to the portrait available. The Shahzades Museum is an authentic representation of a 15th-16th Century Turkish home. Hava and Rumi patterns cover the walls, with calligraphy on the ceilings. Authentic carpets are patterned with brightly colored lines as they weave across the floor that’s been stained to match them exactly. Seven statues on the upper floor depict Yıldırım Beyazid Khan, Çelebi Mehmet Khan, Murat Khan II, Sultan Mehmet Khan (Mehmet the Conqueror), Beyazid Khan II, Sultan Selim III and Murat I.

Shahzades Museum

The five statues on the ground floor belong to Shahzade Mustafa and Shahzade Beyazid, both sons of Süleyman the Magnificient (also known as the Lawgiver), Shahzade Ahmet and Shahzade Alaeddin, both sons of Murat Khan II and Shahzade Ahmet and son of Beyazid Khan II, who were also trained as Shahzades in Amasya but never assumed the throne.

A video documentary portraying the important moments of training and leadership from each of these figures is displayed in the museum. Visitors can learn the facts and historical events concerning these shahzades through this thirty minute video. Foreign visitors are provided with earphones so that they can listen to scripts in English. The museum is directed by the Special Provincial Administration and you may enter for a reasonable entrance fee. Visitors are allowed to take photographs and record videos of their visit.