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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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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.
Diamond Bar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Good, but . . .”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Wait until the full renovation is complete. If you can't wait, the antiquities on the ground floor have wonderful Lycian and Hellenic exhibits.

Visited October 2013
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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“unexpected surprise”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

A museum that i find amazing for the content it exhibits. Highly recommended for a history passionate.

Visited September 2013
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Amman, Jordan
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“comprehensive representation of ancient middle east”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

an amazing collection , representing the various civilizations that flourished in the near east . some finds are extremely valuable and rare : first documented love poem ( on a Mesopotamian clay tablet ) , and the first peace treaty in history (Kadesh, The Hittite version )....

recently an extremely valuable collection was introduced , summarizing the finds of Port of Theodosius , which back in November 2005, workers on the Bosphorus Tunnel Project-Marmaray- discovered its silted-up remains . it is called the "Yenikapi shipwreck ".

i also loved the few -but unique- finds from pre-Islamic Arabia

Visited November 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great time here”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Lots to see at this museum. Several floors to explore and several buildings. Things to explore outside too as the museum covers a wide area. Loved the Palace outside which now is a museum to pottery and china. A very lovely building which I enjoyed more than the pottery. The outside café is also very good serving sandwiches cakes etc and a good selection of food. Well worth a visit and good value.

Visited October 2013
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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Oldest peace treaty”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

We went to the museum specifically to see the Treaty of Kadesh, oldest known peace treaty in the world. But there's so much more at this museum, with exhibits of items from 6,000 or more years ago. Man has been a long time on this land, indeed.

Visited October 2013
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