The city of Istanbul welcomed its first ever museum-library over the weekend when the Ahmet Hamdi tanpınar literature Museum-Library, the fourth of its kind in Turkey, opened its doors in a restored historic mansion in Gülhane Park in Eminönü.
The opening of the museum-library, named after one of İstanbul's most famous, prolific writers of the 20th century, follows the inauguration over the past 12 months of three such literature museums in three Turkish provinces -- Ankara, Adana and Diyarbakır.
The museum-library houses over 7,000 volumes of books in the various fields of literature published in Turkey as well as volumes of more than 100 periodicals on literature and other fields of the arts.
Nestled on the second floor of the two-storey Alay Mansion, the museum-library also features special corners dedicated to the life and works of renowned native İstanbul authors such as Yahya Kemal, Necip Fazıl Kısakürek, Nedim, Orhan Pamuk and Nazım Hikmet, in addition to Tanpınar.
The building's first floor serves as a coffeehouse.