Mahmut Arif-î Paşa Konağı Maraş Culture House and Ethnography Museum

 Located in the Yörük Selim District on Gazi Mustafa Kuşçu Caddesi, is this traditional historic Maraş mansion. Built on sloping topography, facing south; sits this three floor home with a large courtyard. In the front garden there is a fountain and two out buildings (Haramlik and Salamlik) constructed of different materials and architectural features. It is an example of Ottoman residential architecture of the late period with an attached wall system and featuring the inner sofa style Turkish house plan. In 1904 the building was restored. According to archival records, the eastern part of the building was built by Dulkadirli Alaüddevle Bey in the late 16th century. The west side of the building is believed to have been built in the late 18th century. This part of the house has three floors with the ground level. The ground floor typically functioned as a barn and storeroom, while the upper floors are actual living areas. In addition, the traditional Turkish sofa plan is applied. This section is also commonly referred to as Kâtiphan (library) since it for a time it was used for books and records. The entire building was recovered from an abandoned state by the Metropolitan Municipality and restoration work began in 2012. Now the upper floors are open to the public, with other sections of the house serving as restaurants and cafes. In 2013, the Maraş Culture House and Ethnography Museum opened in this building. Here, ethnographic works are exhibited together with examples of traditional home life, under special direction of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Kahramanmaraş Metropolitan Municipality. The Destiny of Liberation Panorama Museum depicts the epic Maraş Battle through panel art, life-like mannequins and animations. It is a place of interest for those who enjoy national and international cultural tourism. The museum is located in the Culture Park in the Kahramanmaraş city center.

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