Heritage Turkey

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It seems almost every other day that I receive news that Turkey is doing even more to attract us to visit their country. there is a new airport in Istanbul, a tunnel under the Bosphorus, additional flights and now come a flurry of new museums.

In Hatay there is a new museum showcasing previously unseen mosaics. There is also an archaeologically significant collection of old Hatay coins on display. In addition, the ancient settlements of Ucagizli Cave and the mounds of Tell Tayinat and Accana have been reconstructed inside the museum.

Turkey’s largest mosaic museum is currently being built in the southeastern district of Sanliurfa, prompted by the discovery of the world’s most valuable mosaics during building works for a theme park nearby. (There aren’t many place swhere two such diverse visitor offerings are so close together!) The mosaics feature hunting and fighting scenes of warrior Amazon women from the Roman era in the fifth and sixth centuries. The large museum complex will include an archaeology museum, an archaeopark and a mosaic museum.

In a very different setting is the new museum in Usak which is to be found in an old railway station and house King Croesus`s treasure, 363 valuable Lydian artefacts dating from the 7th century BC, as well as other items dating back to 400BC.

And then there is Troy, the city of so many legends. A museum project is being planned but in a style about as far removed from classical architecture as you could imagine. This design will be a modernist-cubist design chosen as a result of an architecture competition. The main building will be on the ground level with exhibiting galleries displaying artefacts underground. This long-awaited museum will display the results of excavations at the site of the ancient city of Troy, began over 150 years ago, with experts believing that it will still require two or three more centuries of work to fully discover it. The displays will include the ‘Troy gold’, early Bronze Age jewellery originating from the site. The gold artefacts are delicate and distinctive with two precise techniques, filigree and granulation, having been used in the production of the jewellery, which would have been worn by aristocratic women living 4400 years ago.

And there must be more museums on the drawing board. As more visitors arrive, Turkey is in the envious position of having so much hereitage both known and undiscovered that visitors will be spoilt for choice.

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