Istanbul Archaeology Museums

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irenem irenem
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Museum Overflowing With Ancient Treasures. Feb 25, 2017
The Archaeology Museum in Istanbul is also in the Sultanahmet area. It is an amazing place to visit as Turkey is so rich in archaeological remains from Ancient Greek times. In fact the museum holds so many remains, many things that would be given prime location in any other museum are, or were, outside in the museum grounds as there is simply no room for them inside.

The Archaeology Museum is really three museums located on what used to be part of Topkapi Palace's outer gardens.

Construction of the museum's main building began in 1881 and the museum first opened ten years later in 1891. The architect for this project was Alexander Vallaury who also designed the Pera Palas Hotel. The first curator and founder of the museum was Osman Hamdi Bey. He also commissioned the museum's second building - The Museum of the Ancient Orient in 1883. The museum's third building is actually its oldest. It was originally built as The Tiled Kiosk by Mehmed the Conqueror in 1472 and was once part of Topkapi

Palace. In 1953 it became The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, and later became part of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.

In 1991, on its one hundredth birthday, The Archaeology Museum received the European Council Museum Award.

Exhibits in the museum include: The Alexander Sarcophagus - this dates from the fourth century BC and was found in Sidon, Lebanon in 1887. The Sarcophagus of the Crying Women which was also found in Sidon.

This is a beautiful museum with many fantastic exhibits and is well worth visiting.
The Archaeology Museum
The Archaeology Museum
The Archaeology Museum
The Archaeology Museum
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spocklogic spocklog…
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Interesting Antiquities Museum in Istanbul Feb 12, 2011
The Istanbul Archaeological Museums is a group of 3 museums, one main museum, the Archaeological Museum, in addition to the Museum of the Ancient Orient and Museum of Islamic Art (Tiled Kiosk). This review concerns the one in the main building, the Archeological Museum. Housed in a neoclassical building it contains a collection of classical sculpture, sarcophagi and exhibits on the history of Istanbul. It covers a variety of cultures and periods, presenting a mix of interesting and varied pieces.

There are a few floors containing the antiquity artworks. The 1st floor covers Istanbul through the ages tracing the history of the city during different periods (Archaic, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman). The 2nd floor covers Anatolia and Troy through the ages. The 3rd floor covers cultures of Cyprus, Syria and Palestine. A real treat in this museum is the collection of stelae and sarcophagi, most of them dating to the 2nd and 3rd century AD. Really spectacular specimens!
Archeology Museum entrance
Archeology Museum entrance
Archeology Museum entrance
Archeology Museum (main building)
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spocklogic says:
A splendid museum indeed. Unfortunately I didn't have time to explore the other 2 museums in the complex. Glad to hear you enjoyed a trip down memory lane!
Posted on: Jan 14, 2017
RogerB1903 says:
Worked across the Mamara from Istanbul some years ago and spent many weekends there. Brought back many fond memories. Many thanks.
Posted on: Jan 14, 2017
obtolentino obtolent…
2 reviews
Istanbul Archeological Museums Jan 28, 2009
The Istanbul Archeological Museums houses an excellent collections of artifacts found around Turkey during the Near East, Egyptian, Greek and Roman Civilizations. Within the area are 3 museums, the Archeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Tiled Kiosk (Çinili Kösk). Can take you several hours to view all the collections.
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seraphimkarlien seraphim…
93 reviews
excellent archeology museum Nov 09, 2007
Having once started studying archeology, I am a big fan of archeological museums. Even if they just have a few old coins and arrowheads, I won't miss it. Out of all those I've visited, the one in Istanbul is easily one of the best.

Turkey being a crossroads of civilisations from an early age, it's not a big surprise that this museum houses fascinating remains for many cultures and time periods. Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, and so on. And they didn't even have to steel it from some far-away country (like the British museum et all), it's all local stuff.

There are several museums inside the grounds. And even the buildings themselves are quite nice.
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RogerB1903 says:
Worked across the Mamara from Istanbul some years ago and spent many weekends there. This brought back memories. Many thanks.
Posted on: Jan 14, 2017

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