Museums in Kütahya

I visited three different museums on my trip to Kütahya. They’re all located near each other at the end of Cumhuriyet Caddesi.

Right next to Ulu Camii is the small but interesting Kütahya Arkeoloji Müzesi (Archaeology Museum), with some finds from nearby sites such as Aizanoi. It’s housed in the former Vacidiye Medresesi, a former religious school built in 1314 in the Selçuk style. The museum is open daily except Mondays.

Kütahya Arkeoloji Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Kütahya Arkeoloji Müzesi

Kütahya Arkeoloji Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Kütahya Arkeoloji Müzesi

Kütahya Arkeoloji Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Kütahya Arkeoloji Müzesi

Another good museum next to Ulu Camii is the Çini Müzesi (Tile Museum), which is open daily except Mondays. It’s hosted in a former mosque, the İmaret Camii, built in 1411.

Çini Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Çini Müzesi

At the entrance is an original door from Ulu Camii, and just inside is the tomb of Yakub Çelebi (d. 1409), who was part of the ruling Germiyan family. The Germiyans ruled a large area of Anatolia after the collapse of the Selçuk Empire, and Kütahya was their capital.

at the Çini Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Tomb of Yakub Çelebi

The museum has some priceless tile work and pottery, including original tiles from Topkapı Sarayı in İstanbul.

Çini Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Çini Müzesi

Çini Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Çini Müzesi

Original tiles from Topkapı Sarayı at the Çini Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Original tiles from Topkapı Sarayı

I was mostly impressed by the quality of work on some of the decorative plates on display.

Decorative plate of Atatürk at the Çini Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Decorative plate of Atatürk

Decorative plate at the Çini Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Decorative plate

Decorative plate of the Virgin and Child at the Çini Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Decorative plate of the Virgin and Child

There’s also a room set up as a typical Kütahya home, with tiles hanging on the walls and decorative pottery.

Replica Kütahya home at the Çini Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Replica Kütahya home

Replica Kütahya home at the Çini Müzesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Replica Kütahya home

A walk up Gediz Caddesi from the Çini Müzesi will take you past some authentic Ottoman homes to the Lajos Kossuth House. One that stuck out is a small home completely covered in Kütahya tiles.

House with Kütahya tiles in Kütahya, Turkey

House with Kütahya tiles

The Lajos Kossuth House was used by Hungarian revolutionary Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894), who lived there from 1850-51. Kossuth staged an uprising against the Habsburgs in Hungary in 1849 and was forced to flee as a fugitive. The house is open daily except Mondays and admission is free. Hours are 9am to noon and 1pm to 5pm.

Lajos Kossuth House in Kütahya, Turkey

Lajos Kossuth House

Lajos Kossuth House in Kütahya, Turkey

Lajos Kossuth House

The museum tells the story of Kossuth and the Hungarian struggle for independence. Outside in the yard is a monument to Kossuth, and at the entrance to the house is a bust.

Lajos Kossuth House in Kütahya, Turkey

Lajos Kossuth House

Lajos Kossuth monument at the Lajos Kossuth House in Kütahya, Turkey

Lajos Kossuth monument

Bust of Lajos Kossuth at the Lajos Kossuth House in Kütahya, Turkey

Bust of Lajos Kossuth

The rooms of the house are set up as an ethnographic museum. Clothing, furniture, and artifacts that would have been used by Hungarian elite living in Kütahya are on display, as well as typical items used in Ottoman homes of the period.

Lajos Kossuth House in Kütahya, Turkey

Lajos Kossuth House

Lajos Kossuth House in Kütahya, Turkey

Lajos Kossuth House

Lajos Kossuth House in Kütahya, Turkey

Lajos Kossuth House

A short walk from the Lajos Kossuth House is the Kütahya Konağı, a restored Ottoman home that now serves as a restaurant serving traditional homemade Turkish food.

Kütahya Konağı in Kütahya, Turkey

Kütahya Konağı

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