It is the perfect place to get lost in Istanbul if you're there at Easter week. It is much quieter than the Santa Sofia and the Blue Mosque, despite its close proximity. The museum is inside the Topkapi Palace complex, which is composed of three buildings of different sizes. In the larger one you can find the collections of Mesopotamian and Babylonian art that impressed and fascinated me the most. The museum is organized with a sensitivity and delicacy that I have not seen anywhere else with the same category and importance. The Athens' one seems like a building in the process of demolition, and Cairo's looks like a warehouse for furniture-storage. Instead, the Istanbul museum is aware that its works of art are irreplaceable remnants, unique and unusual, and they treat them accordingly. Each room has many pieces that are separated from one another so as to breathe and expand their aura. Natural light pours into the room and the pieces come to life and shine. The most outstanding works of art of Greek and Roman are escorted by artistic posters that reproduce some of its details by photographically enlarging and improving them. Do not miss the sarcophagi of the tombs of the kings of Sidan and the Babylonian mosaics of the Ishtar gates (which I personally felt emotional about). The Pavilion of the Blue Jays is beautiful, not for its content but for the building itself, which dates from the XVI century.
This museum is a must, if you stop in Ankara. It will give you an idea of the history of the peoples who have inhabited this land since the beginning of time, its evolution, and disappearance. Instructive and interesting.
Although it also has very interesting carvings of the Hittite Empires and the Ottoman Empire, the most striking feature of this museum is, for me, the section on the mummies. It has two human mummies in good condition and a number of mummified animals such as cats, hawks etc ..sacred to the Egyptians. Very interesting.
The museum and factory, Göreme Onyx, is an almost obligatory stop. All organized tours are arranged by the Ihlara Valley. Although the so-called "leisure points" (ie, shopping) bothered me, I have to admit that this factory is quite interesting. The black onyx is characteristic of the region of Cappadocia. The hardness determines the most prized variety for jewelry and craft work. Along with the famous turquoise to make the "eyes" of luck. At the factory in Göreme you can see how this stone is crafted and you will have the opportunity to purchase some jewelry. An interesting visit.
This interesting museum is on the banks of the Golden Horn. The easiest way to access it is to get off at the ferry station Sütlüce. It was founded by the president of the industrial group Koç to showcase former Turkish industrial objects. Its collection is very heterogeneous. It has a submarine, half car-half boat, a horse-drawn tram, old train cars etc. The mix is fascinating and it is a very interesting museum to visit with children. All information panels are in both English and Turkish and you can subscribe to organized tours for 25 euros. A perfect spot if you are traveling with children.
According to the historian Herodotus, there was a castle in Marmaris in the year 3000 BC. During the Hellenistic Age, Caria was invaded by Alexander the Great and the castle was destroyed. It was reconstructed from scratch in the year 1522 by the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent when he set it as a basis for his campaign on Rhodes. From the year 1979, renovation work has taken place and still continues, in order to bring it back to its original form. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the castle became a museum. There are 7 galleries, and the biggest is being used as an exhibition hall and the courtyard is decorated with flowers giving it a lovely setting. Admission: 3 euros.
Truth and fact allow this museum to give a broad overview of all the architectural beauty of Turkey and Greece. We toured the museum in two stages and due to the heat we rested in the pleasant restaurant in Miniatürk with air conditioning and a description showing the realism of war. Really if you visit Istanbul you can't miss this museum!
Another thing that makes the Istanbul Archaeology Museum an especially recommended place is having a space dedicated especially for children. Opposite the Museum café, we found a welcome sign in English for children. Inside, you can enjoy exploring a castle made to scale and seeing models that explain the various eras of Humanity. It also has a collection of terracotta figures of animals including chickens, dogs and rabbits ... very interesting!
A nice monastery and museum where you can see many objects of the dervishes. In the center of the mosque there is a box with relics of the founder of the Whirling Dervishes, specifically of the beard hairs.
On the shores of the Bosphorus is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Istanbul. While the building from outside is not anything special, inside it has a light and airy space, with magnificent views of the city. The permanent collections are highly recommended, with the work of contemporary Turkish artists who are not well known. A must for art lovers.