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“Mesopotamia,Arabia and Mediterranean history ”

Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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Luxury Small-Group Tour of Imperial Istanbul Including Lunch
Ranked #26 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the world's largest museums with over one million works. Opened to the public in 1891, it houses a collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts.
Reviewed 26 August 2014 via mobile

The visit will require around 2-3 hours minimum as this is a multi floor venue with plenty to see from ancient greek to phoenician and mesopotamian artefacts,tombs and scriptures from early mesopotamia and the first Phoenician alphabet
It is equipped with lavatories which makes it easier to stay longer inside despite the heat in certain areas
Cameras are allowed but no video nor flash light
After the museum try the neighbouring markets much cheaper than the bazar right behind the museum (some shopkeepers are actually from Aleppo multilingual and very friendly

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Reviewed 22 August 2014

WOW!!! This is truly the best museum I have ever visited. I especially loved seeing the clay tablets with the world's oldest love poem, and the Code of Hammurabi. My husband loved the Kadesh peace treaty - so many historical artifacts, many of which were several thousand years old. I literally got chills seeing in person things that I've only ever read about. We did all the typical tourist activities while in Istanbul, but visiting this museum was by far our favorite.

Thank deb p
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

The museum seems to be very good and with a very big collection, but half of it is closed for a construction. I payed 15 tl and the visit was very nice, just missed the opportunity to fully visit it.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

St Sophia's is fantastic, a definite must see. But beware of cheating taxi drivers. Taxi driver pulled a'switch' con on me, when I gave him a 50TL note he swithched it to a 5TL note, then said I did not give him enough. Turkey seems to be typical Arab culture, they think it is OK to rip people off!

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

İf you travel to İstanbul, this place must be seen and spent at least whole day to cover all. Also museum cafe is very good place to take a rest in the living history. İf you miss this place you will be very regretful...

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