Archeology Museum, Istanbul

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    Istanbul Archaeological Museum

    by Dabs Written Jul 21, 2013

    The Istanbul Archaeological Museum is housed in three buildings, the first part of the collection that we visited was the Museum of the Ancient Orient, the highlight of which was the glazed tile panels with lions, bulls and dragons. The main building houses the archaeology museum and the third building is the tiled pavilion.

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    Archeological Museum

    by magor65 Written Feb 24, 2014
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    The exhibits displayed in the Archeological Museum belong to the most important in the world, although the collection was started only in the second half of the 19th century. The museum complex consists of three buildings: the Museum of Ancient Orient, the Archeological Museum and the Tiled Pavillion.
    In the Museum of Ancient Orient we can see interesting reliefs, sculptures, tools and weapons from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Arabia and Anatolia. One of the most precious exhibits is the Treaty of Kadesh - the oldest recorded peace treaty, signed in the 13th century B.C. between Ramses II and the Hittites. The Museum has also the tiled reliefs of lions, dragons and bulls from the Isthar Gate.

    The most important object of Archeological Museum is definitely the Alexander sarcophagus. It owes its name to the carved scenes on its sides presenting Alexander the Great either in battles or during hunts. Actually, it is most probably the sarcophagus of Abdolonymus, the king of Sidon. No matter who it belong to, the sarcophagus, which looks like a temple with its pitched roof, is a real masterpiece.
    Another exhibit which attracts the attention of most visitors is the sarcophagus of mourning women. It was excavated from Royal Necropolis at Sidon. The figures of women in different poses but undoubtedly in grief have a universal appeal.
    We haven't visited the third pavillion, only saw its interesting tiled facade from the outside.

    I'm sure the Archeological Museum is worth visiting, if only at least for these few exhibits mentioned above. Those interested in history will find there much more. It's also important that the artifacts are well-labeled, with the information both in Turkish and in English.
    You can enter the museum with the Museum pass. Otherwise the admission fee is 10 TL.
    Closed on Mondays.

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    Istanbul Archaeological Museum

    by toshigiappone Updated May 5, 2005
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    This is one of the best museums of Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman Arts in the world. Actually, this museum is divided to 3 buildings; Archaological Museum, Museum of Ancient Orient, and Tiled Kiosk.

    As for Archaeological Museum, there are many tresures. On the ground floor sacrophagi from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon is unmissable; Lycian Sacrophagus, Satrap Sacrophagus, Alexander Sacrophagus, and Mourning Women Sacrophagus. Other stuffs include many statues of Roman emperors, or gods. On the first floor you would find many diggings from Troy or other ruins in Turkey.

    In Museum of Acient Orient there are also historically important things; Ishtar Gate of Ancient Babylon covered with beautifully coloured tiles(7th. century B. C.)and a copy of Kadesh Treaty between Hittite and Egypt(13th. century B. C.)

    Tiled Kiosk was built by Sultan Mehmet II, the conqueror of Constantinople in 1472. It is covered with beautiful tiles.

    Entry fee is 5 YTL (5 million) in Mar. 2005.

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    Archeological Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 30, 2012

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    This fascinating museum is dedicate to the ancient societies of Turkey. It has large collections of Roman and pre-Roman artifacts.

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    Tiled Kiosk

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 13, 2012

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    This former Pavilion of Sultan Mehmet was built in 1472 to watch sporting events. it nows sits on the ground of the Archealogical museum

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  • The Archaeological Museum - it...

    by lainew Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Archaeological Museum - it is small but nice and compact and has some amazing pieces of exquisite quality.

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    Archeology Museum

    by go_doggo Written Aug 24, 2002

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    They have a replica of the Trojan horse- if you look close enough, you can see my hand holding open a section of the horse

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    Other Sarcophagi

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 2, 2010
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    The museum has a huge display of sarcophagi which includes the 5th century Lycian Sarcophagus, the Satrap Sarcophagus and the Mourning Women Sarcophagus.

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    Culture and art

    by flyfreak Written Sep 7, 2008
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    Visit the Istanbul Arkeoloji Müzesi and get transported to the golden past of Istanbul/Konstantinopel/Byzanz. This city has so much history.

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