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The Istanbul Archaeology Museums exhibit impressive collections and countless historic objects representing almost all civilizations of Istanbul since 5000 years ago: Roman artifacts, Hellenistic antiquities, Turkish artwork…
The Istanbul Archaeology Museums contains three museums:
Archaeological Museum (The main building):
The museum was built in the late 19th century by the archaeologist Osman Hamdi to stop the smuggling of artifacts to Europe. It’s the biggest of the three museums containing four floors.
- The ground floor: There are stunning exhibitions of Hellenistic and Roman statuary classical archaeology, Thracian, Bithynian and Byzantine collections.
- The first floor: Displaying Istanbul’s archaeology through the centuries, and the development of the city from an empire to another.
- Second floor: Collections from Anatolia and Troy.
- Third floor: A gallery consecrated to Cyprus, Syria andPalestine.
Museum of the Ancient Orient:
The museums shows amazing items from the pre-Islamic Arabian peninsula, the ancient Egypt, The ancient Iraq (Mesopotamia), and Anatolia.
Tiled Pavilion Museum (The museum of islamic art):
The tiled kiosk of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror is a pavilion set next to the Topkapi Palace. It was founded in 1472 as a pleasure palace. In six rooms and a saloon, the museum houses collections of Islamic art, examples of ceramics, pottery, Iznik tiles from Seljuk and Ottoman period.