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Adam Mickiewicz is one of the great Polish poets who was living in Istanbul for military concerns. His life as a soldier that was responsible for the Polish troops did not prevent him to be a spectacular artist. His house in Istanbul fell victim to the Istanbul fire that devoured Pera (current Beyoğlu) but the people who know the great poet’s value worked for the house’s restoration. His house in Istanbul has his manuscripts, drafts, and personal belongings as a tribute to his legacy. Adam Mickiewicz Museum is waiting for you to visit!
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An opportunity to see the living condition of an artist in the 19th century.
Historical documents from the times of the Crimean War.
Paintings of an important poet.
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The first tomb of Adam Mickiewicz.
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As Adam Mickiewicz was on a military mission in Ottoman Istanbul, this house contains political documents that can be viewed as well. As a Romantic poet, the end of his life has deep secrets too as some people think that he was poisoned by his enemies in spite of the fact that there is no proof of this conspiracy theory. Regardless, you can have a good time in a place of inspiration to Poland’s greatest poet. You can look at his paintings, read some of his Romantic poems and contemplate the past life and relations of a great poet whose first resting place is visible in the basement of his house where he spent his last days.
This is the tomb that couldn’t keep an artist! Adam Mickiewicz died at the age of 56 in 1855 in Istanbul. After his death, he was buried in the basement of his house for a short period of time until he was transported to Poland. Thanks to the efforts of the Museum of Literature in Warsaw, even his initial burial place can be accessed in Istanbul. On the 100th anniversary of the day, he died; Adam Mickiewicz Museum was established so that the legacy of a great national poet would live on. Visitors from Poland still pay their respects to Adam Mickiewicz by coming to the home of his last days. Be it paying respects or just having an entertaining tour, don’t forget to visit his house while you are benefiting from the many opportunities of the Istanbul Tourist Pass.
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Adam Mickiewicz was born in Belarus on December 24 1798 and passed away in Istanbul on November 26, 1855. He is recognized as the greatest Romantic poet in Polish literature and is compared to the most notable European writers of the first half of the nineteenth century: George Byron and Johann Wolfgang Goethe. He is a poet, playwright, patriot, and author of the Polish national epic poem.
Mickiewicz had positions as a lecturer at the Lausanne Academy, a teacher at the Kovno school, and a teacher at the Paris Collège de France. He founded the Polish legion in Italy in 1848 and served as the principal editor of Polish newspapers published in exile. He looked after the priceless collection of the Paris Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal between 1852 and 1855.
He left on his final mission to the East in September 1855 with plans to raise Polish armies to fight Tsarist Russia in the Crimean War. He passed quite unexpectedly on November 26, 1855, in Istanbul, in a leased home that is now the site of a museum dedicated to the poet.
Adam Mickiewicz, Armand Lévy, and Henryk Slualski rented a home from Mrs. Rudnicka at the intersection of Yeni Sehir and Kalyoncu Kulluk in November 1855. Nearly the whole Pera neighborhood was destroyed by a massive fire in March 1870, including the residence where the Polish poet spent his final weeks of life and where he perished away.
Jesse Ratyski bought the ground from the Istanbul municipality that year, and he then erected a structure that was an exact replica of the one that had been demolished. At the intersection of Tatli Badem Sokak (Sweet Almonds) and Serdar Omerpasa Streets is where the current Adam Mickiewicz Museum is situated.
This last place Mickiewicz stayed was really basic and impoverished. After the poet had died away, one of the Polish guests made the comment below: I could make see the spacious parlor of the quadrangle window where he had resided. There was an entrance vestibule. A table, a few basic chairs, and a bed in the corner with a straw mattress and a Turkish rug made up the furnishings.
The space exuded nothingness, was dark and wet and reminded me of our inn room—the kind you occasionally encounter while traveling through autumn on Ukrainian trails. Before his intended travel to Bulgaria and Serbia, the poet had only considered this lodging to be temporary. However, he passed away here on November 26, 1855.
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