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“Great treasure”

Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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Ancient City of Ephesus House of Mother Mary Archeology Museum Basilica of St...
Ranked #24 of 1,051 things to do in Istanbul
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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.
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“Great treasure”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

What a find. The mosaics and ancient archeological finds bring history to life. Worth the visit and a good hour or two of your time.

Visited October 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The museum has a very rich and unique content.Many things are from all around Turkey, Anatolia. All the objects exhibited at the museum reflect thousands of years of history. Recently the museum has undergone renovations and has new exhibits now. The venue is also great : the museum stands on the historical penninsula just behind St Sophia Museum, it's at a few minutes walking distance to all the important historical monuments such as Topkapi Palace, St Sophia Museum, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, The Underground Cistern, The Mosaics Museum. It has a very silent and tranquil atmosphere also with its courtyard where you can rest. This museum is a must see for all visiting Istanbul.

Visited September 2013
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“Sculpture in Splendor”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great display of Roman sulpture, with traces of Greece and Ottomon. we did this on our last day and would not have wanted to miss it for anything. loved every display.

Visited August 2013
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“See the Alexander Sarcophagus and then die”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is a world class museum and you could spend hours here. I have. But I realize that not everyone's tastes run in this direction. If you are with young children -- I was -- here's a thought. Come here, set your watch (I think it's a tragedy to turn off children to something you probably wish to inspire them) for 30 minutes and simply gaze in wonder at the legendary Alexander Sarcophagus which has room unto itself.

This is the outstanding work of art held in this museum and it is reason enough to visit. What is it? It is a 4th century BCE Hellenistic marble sarcophagus with bas-relief carvings, some of which still contain color, depicting Alexander the Great. The carvings are excellently preserved and beautiful. Each side of the piece depicts a different scene from Alexander the Great's life including warfare and hunting.

If your children have greater patience -- or you are without children -- then spend even more time in this remarkable museum with its collection of ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine art. It has one of the finest collections of classical art in the world.

Visited July 2013
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“Make this high priority in Istanbul”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Liked the recently uncovered artifacts from sunken boats, the sarcophagi and the many more exhibits on display. Dont miss the section on Troy and one of the earliest customs regulations. Too bad a significant portion was under reconstruction and so we couldn't see those items. Even then it was worth half a day for us.

Visited July 2013
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