Estergon Turkish Culture Center was built by the Keçiören Municipality and opened for public in 2005.
It offers a glance at Turkish culture and history via its architectural design which includes motifs from traditional Turkish art, and its ethnographic museum.
The name was inspired by the Castle of Esztergom on the banks of Danube river, which has an important place in Turkish history.
The culture center, consist of the castle and Asian gardens. You can find a bazaar floor, traditional shops, a museum, restaurant, and a dome with observation terrace and a meeting hall.
It is meant to be a keeper of Turkish culture.
It was modeled after the octagonal Red Tower of the Alanya Castle, and decorated with patterns inspired by Seljuk sultans’ hair braids and birds’ nests which can be found in traditional Turkish-Islamic architecture.
The main entrance door to the Estergon Castle, the Crown Gate, was modeled after the entrance gate of Karatay Medresseh (theological school attached to a mosque) from the Seljuk Period, which was constructed in 1251. The marble Crown Gate presents an example of the finest craftsmanship.
The ground floor is a bazaar, composed of fourteen shops which offer traditional goods and antique items in gold, silver and silk. The shop doors can be considered as artistic masterpieces each; the doors were modeled after the gates of Mahmut Bey and İbn-i Neccer Mosques in Kastamonu, as well as the thousandyear-old gates from Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Merv.
The floors are decorated in a mosaic technique inspired by the famous blue and white tiles from Khiva, Uzbekistan. Eye-catching columns, modeled after Bukhara-Khiva columns specific to Central Asia, will take you to the depths of history.
The fountain located at the bazaar floor is an exact replica of the fountain found between Revan and Baghdad pavilions at the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul.
The interior walls of Estergon Castle are decorated with a typical Turkish art of miniatures depicting important events from the period of Ottoman Empire.
Stairs that lead to the museum floor are decorated with crystal balustrade and famous Kütahya ceramic patterns.
The museum part is really interesting. The access is free and you can see several rooms that recreate the traditional Turkish and Islamic lifestyle.
There are explanations in English beside each room.
The kids enjoyed this visit! (The adults too! 😛 )