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Archaeological Museum

The archaeological Museum of Antalya is situated on a mountain in the Western part of the city in the Konyaalti area. This is one of the most important sights of Antalya. The history of the Museum begins in 1919, when Antalya was occupied by Italian troops. At the time, Italian archaeologists arrived in the city in order to collect the maximum number of exhibits found during the excavations, and took them to Italy. To prevent the export of cultural heritage managed Suleyman Fikri Bey, who was the teacher of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Later the collection was located in the mosque of Tekeli Mehmet Pasha mosque, and the official status of the Museum received in 1937.

The Museum has over 2,000 exhibits. Archaeological work continues, so that in the Museum there are new exhibits. Currently this Museum is the largest in Turkey and is among the most famous museums in the world. The Museum's 13 halls, which cover an area of 7000 sq. m.

1 room Children. Artifacts in this hall include antique piggy banks and toys. Children are given the opportunity to sculpt a vase or statue made of clay or draw. Creations you can give to the Museum, but you can take a souvenir.

2 hall - Natural history and prehistoric times. The hall will be interesting for fans of ancient history. Among the exhibits of the skeleton and teeth of Neanderthal man, diggers, axes, scrapers, arrowheads and other tools, belonging to different centuries.

3 hall - Miniatures-1. In this hall you can see all the history of the evolution of ceramic business since 12 century BC Presented vases and decorations of various sizes.

4 hall of the Gods. All the exhibits of this hall are connected with the gods of antiquity, carvings of the gods; black cubes, which are a symbol of the battle of the Amazons; and the griffins, gorgeous vases, etc.

5 hall - Miniatures-2. Here are selected works, vases and figurines, ornaments and utensils. One of the exhibits of this hall is a silver plate with engraving depicting the head of the goddess Athena. In the centre of the hall there article of Zeus, Aphrodite, Artemis, Fortune and other gods. Statue of Hercules, made of bronze, was raised from the seabed in Foca. Bronze made statues of Apollo and Hermes. Also there is an underwater showcase of exhibits that were found on sunken ships. Among the exhibits are a lot of Serebryany and gold jewelry.

Hall 6 - the Emperors. In the hall are portraits, busts, figurines and statues of emperors made of marble, clay and gypsum. The portraits of Sabina, Faustina, Hadrian, Trajan, etc.

7 hall of Sarcophagi. Presented sarcophagi belonging to the days of the Roman Empire. Here you can also see urns and funeral steles.

Hall 8 - Icon. The room contains many icons.

9 hall - Mosaic. Presents a variety of ancient mosaics. The main exhibit of this room is the mosaic, which are composed of the names of philosophers.

10 hall - Coins. The oldest coin is presented in this hall for more than 2500 years.

11-13 halls - a Set of three rooms forms the Department of Ethnography.

The Museum also has galleries and a children's room under the open sky, which represented about 5000 exhibits, and the Museum store is about 30,000 copies.