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Rahmi Koc Museum

The museum was founded by Rahmi M. Koç, based on his private collection, and subsequent donations have greatly expanded the fascinating exhibits, which range from a 13th century astrolabe to a 20th century Harley Davidson motorcycle. Altogether the museuser collection of technological objects now numbers over eight hundred. The anchor factory, or lengerhane, was constructed during the reign of Sultan Ahmed III (1703-1730) on the foundations of a 12th century Byzantine structure. The imposing building with its massive walls and vaulted roof is at first sight reminiscent rather of a Byzantine church or Ottoman mosque than a factory. It is classified as a second grade historic monument by the Board of Monuments. The museum collection quickly began to outgrow this building, however, and in 1996 the Rahmi M. Koç Museum and Culture Foundation purchased Hasköy Shipyard from the Maritime Lines. The shipyard, which is also a second grade historic building, was established in 1861 for carrying out repairs to Istanbul's ferryboats. Located on the shores of the Golden Horn, this building has been restored, and opened as part of the museum in July this year. The museum complex seeks to both educate and entertain its visitors, who include many schoolchildren and students, in line with modern, interactive concepts of museology. The museum has been designed with special lifts so that the disabled can enjoy their visit as much everyone else. In the section How It Works, by pressing a button visitors can see how a radiator produces heat, how a wheel turns, or how a dishwasher works. In the vehicle section the exhibits are not restricted to veteran cars. There is a car which runs on both water and land, the Rolls-Royce which belonged to the late Baris Manço, an Anadol, the first mass produced a Turkish car, and a 1918 Ford T, the first-ever mass produced car. The exhibits also include the 1921 Fordson tractor driven by Atatürk in the early period of the Turkish Republic, the steam engine that originally powered the funicular railway in Istanbul (which still carries passengers up and down the hill between Galata and Beyoglu today), and a velocipede invented by P. Michaux. The Araser Olive Oil Works shows how the olive oil was produced by traditional methods, and a little further on is the rowing boat workshop of Erol Usta, exactly as it was in 1932 in Ayvansaray. When you open the door of the royal railway carriage in which the sultan traveled around Europe in the 19th century, you see Sultan Abdülaziz seated in his chair. The tram, which carried passengers between Kadiköy and Moda until the late 1960s is in perfect condition, and still bears the sign 'No Empty Seats, Not Boarding Passengers'. Opposite Halat Restaurant overlooking the waters of the Golden Horn is a row of traditional shops dating from the 1930s and 1940s. The toy shop, cobbler, clockmaker, herbalist, and blacksmith’s forge carry you back into the past. And when you need a rest, a traditional British pub, the Barbarossa, with its century old beer mugs, tables and chairs, welcomes visitors.



Source: Skylife 08/2001
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