The archaeological Museum of Istanbul

The archaeological Museum in Istanbul is a real time machine that will help you to make a journey through the centuries. Istanbul is a city that is over 2000 years old. Just think about these numbers! After all, 2000 years is 20 centuries 730000 or days and nights. All of these millenniums, centuries, years and days there lived and people died, leaving behind many accompanying things. These things are real treasures, although at first glance it is a normal pot or a statue, or even just stone. And all because this is our cultural heritage, worthy of admiration!

Numerous archaeological finds made on the territory of Istanbul and Turkey, and beyond them are now kept in the archaeological Museum. A lot of people – local residents, experts scientists from all over the world, as well as just visitors comes here every day. So, deciding to go there, please be patient – long queues you can not avoid. By the way, these queues are some of the most short in relation to the queues at Hagia Sophia or, say, the Basilica Cistern or Topkapi Palace.

Istanbul archaeology museums: how to get

To find the Museum itself is very easy – facing the Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia), locate a small,but very nice and Atmeydani Caddesi her envelope on the left side. Follow this lane straight on, without (Atmeydani Caddesi after a while “change” the name on Alemdar Caddesi) and noticing the crowd next to Istanbul Arkeoloji Müzesi, stop. You are on the spot.

For more information please refer to our map of tourist attractions in Istanbul .

Istanbul archaeological Museum is striking from the entrance. Even standing in line for a ticket, and I want to look behind the iron gate blocking the way. Already seen the first exhibits, which, in fact, is the physical building of the Museum, as well as numerous statues, vessels, millstones, etc., that is located in a cozy courtyard.

The Museum booklets are proud to inform us that the archaeological Museum is now more than one million artifacts from various periods of world history, so that is one of the richest museums in the world. Indeed, this landmark of Istanbul is worth a visit!

Of course, in one article it is impossible to talk about all the beauties and attractions of this collection, housed in three main buildings – the Archaeological Museum, Ancient Orient Museum and the Tiled Museum of Art.

The Museum building is a tiled art in the Istanbul archaeological Museum

Let us look at those exhibits that are traditionally considered the hallmark of the city in General and the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul in particular. So, you can’t pass by the marble structures and sculptures, many of which are familiar from school, from the time of our first lessons on the history of the Ancient world. The numerous busts of ancient Greek and Roman culture and art – a bust of Alexander the great, sarcophagus of Alexander the great, bust of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, head of Aphrodite from the temple of Zeus in Pergamum, the statue of a lion from the Mausoleum in Halicarnassus (the Mausoleum — one of the seven wonders of the world, by the way!) and a lot more. These and other masterpieces is a lot of connoisseurs, sometimes manifesting the most sincere delight

A second, equally wonderful group of exhibits in the Museum of Tiled Art. These are numerous pottery – ware, architectural decoration, all kinds of religious objects.

Since 1453 Istanbul, former Constantinople, fell to the onslaught of the Ottomans, its architectural and home appearance became Muslim. One of the main evidence of life at that time — the Turkish dishes from the exposition of the Museum – a manifestation of the high skill of the potters of that time.

Agree, this remarkable nifty gizmos, things to see and do!

The shock and awe of the ancient art.

Ceramic vessels of various shapes and sizes in large quantities and can be viewed in the courtyard of the Museum. These things – the first thing that catches the eye. Here you can see the exposition dedicated to ancient Egypt, the cultures of Anatolia and Bithynia, Thrace, and other States surrounding the earth then the Ottomans. Available in the complex of buildings of the Istanbul Arkeoloji Müzesi and the Children’s Museum, where exhibits from the early bronze age to the Byzantine period. Among the exhibits for the little ones also found examples of ancient writing, household items and tools, the collection of coins.

In conclusion, a brief review I would like to share one little trick, take advantage of which the first is best when you visit the Museum, and then — during the inspection of the museums of Istanbul. As you know, in Istanbul there is a good opportunity to save on visit a large number of attractions – the Museum card or Museum pass card for tourists. This is a pass that is purchased for a fixed price, allowing you to skip queues (!) on the territory of a number of museums and architectural complexes in Istanbul. The total cost of visiting these places is several times higher than the cost of the card.

Archaeological Museum – one of the points of sale of such passes. As mentioned above – the queue to the Museum – one of the shortest. So better buy a card here, visit a Museum, and then safely run to see Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and other sights, despite the crowd kilometer length, consisting of people who for some reason cares about the card in advance 🙂 Travel to Istanbul. and not just once – enjoy local antiquities, they are really unique! Good luck!

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