"Arkeoloji Müzesi" Archeology Museum Tip by MM212
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Inaugurated in 1891 in a building designed by the Franco-Turkish architect, Alexandre Vallaury, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum contains one of the most impressive collections of ancient and classical treasures in the world. With the Ottoman Empire then covering much of the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East, the museum was able to secure the swift transfer of countless discoveries made in various areas, many of which are no longer part of modern Turkey. The most important transfer occurred in 1887 upon the discovery of the Royal Necropolis of Sidon, Lebanon, whose countless astonishing sarcophagi are the crown jewel of treasures at the museum. Foremost is the "Alexander Sarcophagus", so named not because it belonged to Alexander the Great, but rather because of the detailed bas-relief carvings on the sarcophagus of him in battle, and another is the "Mourning Women Sarcophagus", which inspired the design of the museum's Neoclassical façade. The museum is composed of three buildings, each focuses on different artefacts; the main Archaeology Museum exhibits mainly Graeco-Roman treasures, the Museum of the Ancient Orient (Eski Şark Eserleri Müzesi) is for Anatolia and pre-Classical Near East, and the exquisite 15th century Tiled Pavilion (Çinili Köşk) suitably displays antique Ottoman and Anatolian tiles along with other Islamic objects.
The Archaeology Museum is located within the first court of Topkapı Palace. For photos, take a look at the travelogue: "Royal Necropolis of Sidon."
Address: Osman Hamid Bey Yokuşu, Gülhane
Directions: Within Topkapı Complex; Closed on Mondays
Phone: +90 212 520 7741
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