The history and culture of Turkey and Hungary are connected to each other in many ways. By this home page, the aim of the Hungarian National Museum is to present the Hungarian relics in Turkey and the Ottoman – Turkish relics in Hungary.
After the Turkish – Hungarian wars of the 18-19th century, three high-ranking Hungarian statesmen sent into exile by the Habsburg absolutism were granted asylum by the Ottoman Empire.
There are memorial houses or museums at the places of the emigration years of Ferenc Rákóczi II (1676 – 1735), Imre Thököly (1657 – 1705) and Lajos Kossuth (1802 – 1894) in Rodostó, Izmit, and Kütahya. They can be popular destinations for Hungarian visitors (or for anyone who is interested in Hungarian – Turkish history).
The memorial museum in Osmaniye can be regarded as a symbol of Hungarian-Turkish cultural connections. It presents the journey made by world famous Hungarian composer, Bela Bartok as he collected Turkish folk songs.
The fifth section of our homepage presents the most significant examples of the Turkish architecture in Hungary. They were built between 1526 and 1686 when the country was partly occupied by the Ottomans.
These architectural relics and monuments are special sights of the townscape.