At last I've convinced myself entering the archeology museum in Istanbul! And, am I so glad I did.
Consisting of three museums, the Istanbul Archeology Museum is located before the Topkapi Palace and on the upper side of the beautiful Gulhane Park.
It is one of the must-see sight in Istanbul, and I just foiund out about that!!! . It could consume half of your day or even a whole day to see this huge museum housing more than a million of artifacts representing various world civilizations --- or almost all THE civilizations. If that doesn't sound interesting enough, I don't know what. You really have to see it. Small stuff, huge stuff. Those huge sarcophagi -- intricately carved and intelligently designed, esp. the sarcophagus of Alexander - truly impressive. The amount of treasures displayed in 3 buildings is marvelous.
A small coffee shop on the side or infront of the museum entrance overlooking the Gulhane Park down below, very expensive hot bev and croissants, but nice atmosphere, like sipping your coffee amidst the ruins.
The museum building consist of the Archaeological Museum which is in the main building, the Museum of the Ancient Orient, and the Museum of Islamic Art in the Tiled Kiosk.
Besides its importance as the “first Turkish museum”, it has an importance and specialty of being one of the museum buildings that are constructed as a Museum in the World. Today, it still protects its outstanding place in the World’s biggest museums with its displays of more than a million belonging to various cultures.
Entry Fee = TL10 only -------- which for me is more value than the separate entry fee for the harem part of the Topkapi Palace. Save that for this one.
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