1001 Inventions in Istanbul

Published Date: 
18 August 2010

Turkish Prime Minister opens exhibition at iconic and historic location

Launch Date: 18th August 2010
Exhibition Venue: Sultan Ahmet Square, Istanbul


Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan opens 1001 Inventions exhibition in iconic and historic part of Istanbul
The international 1001 Inventions
exhibition was opened by the
Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
in the historic city of Istanbul on
Wednesday 18th August 2010.
A record-breaking number of
visitors exceeding 100,000,
attended within the first two
weeks of opening.
Photo (from left): 
Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas,
Governor of Istanbul Muammar Guler, 
Prof. Salim Al-Hassani Chairman of  FSTC and 1001 Inventions, 
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (centre),
Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel Chairman of ALJ Community Initiatives sponsors of 1001 Inventions,
Minister of State for Science and Technology Mehmet Aydin,
Culture Minister of Kargyzstan,
Chairman of Research and strategy Foundation Dr Akkan Suver


The exhibition finished its record-breaking residency at the Science Museum in London where it received more than 400,000 visitors, including the Turkish Prime Minister on his state visit to the UK in March 2010. The Turkish Prime Minister personally invited 1001 Inventions to exhibit in Turkey. Istanbul became the first venue of the exhibition’s five-year international tour.

The 1001 Inventions exhibition, in partnership with the Prime Ministry and sponsored by ALJ Community Initiatives is located at iconic Sultan Ahmet Square, next to Hagia Sophia and will stay  for a total of 7 weeks until the 5th of October 2010. More than 300,000 visitors are expected to enjoy a journey of discovery through the history of Muslim civilization and discover the underappreciated scientific and cultural heritage from the Middle Ages that paved the way for the European Renaissance.

The 1001 Inventions project is an initiative of the British-based Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC). At the opening ceremony Prime Minister Erdoğan expressed his gratitude to FSTC and ALJ Community Initiatives for bringing this ground-breaking touring exhibition to his nation’s historic city. To coincide with the launch, the famous book “1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage In Our World” has been translated into Turkish - the first time it has been translated into another language. Visitors to the exhibition in Istanbul will be the first to acquire this new edition of the publication. Many of the historic facts highlighted within the 1001 Inventions exhibition have a special resonance with the history of Turkey and the Ottoman period.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Professor Salim TS Al-Hassani, Chairman of FSTC and Chief Editor of the 1001 inventions book, thanked the Turkish Prime Minister for his support in bringing the exhibition to Turkey. He also explained how the project was enriched by heritage from the Turkish region. “Our gallery showcases dozens of exhibits from the history of Muslim civilization, which included the Turkish region. For example, our visitors will discover that Turkey is responsible for giving the world immunisation, suction pumps, rocket powered flight and the oldest surviving detailed map of the Americas. The Turkish region was also home to engineering geniuses like Al-Jazari and Taqi al-Din, whose machines and mechanisms are key in plants and agricultural industries. Master architects like Sinan whose influence can be seen throughout the capitals of Europe.”
He continued: “Our aim is to improve mainstream understanding of Muslim contribution to arts, science, technology and the development of modern civilisation and this interactive exhibition does this by bringing to a wider audience eye-opening facts and astounding stories that impact upon us in today’s modern word”. Some of these include:


The world’s first rocket powered flight, carried out by Lagari Hasan Celebi, who soared above Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait in the 17th century.


A five-metre high recreation of the ‘Elephant Clock’ produced in the 13th century by master engineer Al-Jazari in what is now southern Turkey.


The story of inoculation and immunization, a concept imported from Turkey.


How the architecture of landmark buildings across Europe was inspired by architects like Sinan of Turkey.


Reproduction of the pistons-crank systems and suction pumps used by engineering pioneers like Taqi Al-Din and Al-Jazari.


Hezarfen Ahmed Çelebi, the first person to successfully fly between two continents in a glider.


Şerefeddin Sabuncuoğlu, who invented numerous surgical instruments and wrote one of the first illustrated handbooks on surgery.


How Ottoman administrators made important advances in the field of town planning.


Spa treatments developed in Turkish Hammams, which are now widely practiced around the world.


How the Turkish language inspired many English words (like “Yogurt”, “Crimson” and “Kiosk”).
(Pictured from left) Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani (Chairman of FSTC and 1001 Inventions), Turkish President Abduallah Gull (holding a copy of the 1001 Inventions book), Professor Talip Alp (Board Member of FSTC)
The 1001 Inventions exhibition runs from 18th August 2010 until the 5th October 2010 at the Sultan Ahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey. It is open every day from 10.00am (morning) till 3.00am (night), free of charge to all visitors. 
Further information about the exhibition is available at the official website www.1001inventions.com and the Turkish-language website www.1001icat.com which    was created especially for the exhibition’s opening in Istanbul.






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