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Rahmi M. Koç Museum - first and only industrial museum in Turkey
Located on the shores of the Golden Horn, the Museum consists of two historic building complexes: a former anchor foundry built on Byzantine foundations called the Lengerhane; and the historic 19th century Hasköy dockyard. Together with its outdoor exhibition areas and car parks, the museum covers almost 27,000 square metres. As part of its mission to be a 'living' museum, the Rahmi M. Koç Museum not only illustrates the history of industry, transport and communications, but is also an important cultural, educational and social centre.

The Museum started with the extensive personal collections of Mr Rahmi M. Koç, who was introduced to the subject when his father brought home a toy train from a trip abroad. These major collections of models, toys and miniatures have since been greatly enhanced by an influx of full-sized objects, both permanent and on loan. The collection now boasts over 90 cars and motorcycles, several aircraft, trams, railway locomotives, boats, and even a Second World War submarine. The collections are always expanding and offer an ever-changing experience for visitors: additions in just the last few months include a Bell AH-1 Cobra military helicopter, 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith, Morris Mini-Cooper, White Aviation Fuel Tanker.

The Museum offers a variety of opportunities for relaxing after a visit: the famous Café du Levant, with its sophisticated French atmosphere and food, the Mediterranean-influenced Halat restaurant by the Golden Horn, and a truly authentic and cosy English Pub. A charming "Tea Room" and "Nostaljic Dodge Truck" and "Fenerbahçe Ferry " are available for shorter breaks. Personal and corporate entertainment are also catered for, with the special museum ambience proving popular for conferences, dinners and product launches.

In 1996, Rahmi M. Koç, the Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Rahmi M. Koç Museum and Cultural Foundation, was awarded with a European Council of Museums Special Award for his vision in creating the first industrial museum in the region. The Museum also received the 'Culture and Arts Grand Prize' from the Turkish Ministry of Culture in 2001.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum
In 2003 Çengelhan has been leased from Ankara Regional Directorate of Foundations by the Rahmi M. Koç Foundation for Museology and Culture. An extensive restoration period lasted until 2005, with special care and attention for the preservation of the original state of the building. In April 2005 the Museum was opened to public.

In 2016 a second building, Safranhan, has opened its doors and thus the Museum has grown double of its size. Safranhan, was built in 1511 by Hacı İbrahim bin Hacı Mehmed and used as a caravanserai and then as a prison. Currently Safranhan has 42 rooms and galleries and between 2012-2016 went through a detailed restoration before been a part of the Museum.

Sevim & Necdet H. Kent Library
After many years of dereliction, the windmill and Agios Yannis Church were restored with the financial and moral support of Mr. Rahmi M. Koç, thereby saving these monuments to our cultural heritage for posterity.

This library, which is operated by the Rahmi M. Koç Museology and Culture Foundation, is named after retired ambassador Mr. Necdet H. Kent and his wife. Mr Kent said, when his eyesight began failing in old age: 'I am not so sorry that I cannot see, only that I cannot read.' Mr. Kent's son, Mr. Muhtar Kent, has donated a complete set of more than 1,300 of his late father's volumes to this library.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum
The Metropolitan Church was built by the Alibey (Cunda) Island Greek Orthodox (Moschonese) congregation in 1873, on the foundations of an earlier building. At that time the predominantly Greek population of the island numbered around 8000-10,000. The church was dedicated to Taxiarches -a term referring to the archangels Gabriel and Michael- and today remains the island's most important monument.

The church is a single-dome basilica with a rectangular plan, built in the Neo-classical style that was popular at the time. The façade reflects this style, with its triangular pediment, arched windows, and two Ionic columns and two pilasters supporting the architrave, which is made of a local type of limestone known as sarımsak taşı.

In 1927-1928 the church was converted into a mosque that had no minaret. When the building was damaged by an earthquake in 1944 it was abandoned and gradually fell derelict as a result of weathering and human depredation.

In 1976 the town of Ayvalık and its environs, consisting of an area of 17,900 hectares, was declared a natural and historical heritage site. Under Resolution number 1795 dated 28.10.1989 the Taxiarches Church was registered by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Bursa.

In 1996 the restoration project was approved by the same Directorate but the project was not implemented. The Taxiarches Church is a Category 1 registered conservation site in accordance with Resolution 660 dated 05.11.1999 passed by Turkey's Cultural and Natural Heritage Conservation Council.

Under a resolution passed by the Foundations' Council on 02.05.2011, the task of restoring the church building was transferred to the Rahmi M. Koç Foundation for Museology and Culture, which contracted Ark İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. to carry out the work.

The collection in Ayvalık Rahmi M. Koç Museum resembles the ones housed in Rahmi M. Koç Museums in İstanbul and Ankara. On exhibit are a wide variety of items ranging from tin toys to steamed models, from perambulators to chronometer

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