Friday, December 12, 2014

Istanbul Archaeological Museums - Istanbul / Turkey

Istanbul Archaeological Museums  - Istanbul / Turkey
Istanbul Archaeological Museums  - Istanbul / Turkey
In between the major attractions, be sure to spend a leisurely hour or two at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. This lesser known, but essential attraction is often compared to the British Museum. Visitors are granted access to the main museum, the Ancient Orient Museum, and the Tiled Kiosk Museum.

The museum’s most outstanding piece is the marble Alexander Sarcophagus. Built in the late 4th century BC Hellenistic period, it was once believed to have held the remains of Alexander the Great due to its carvings depicting his life. However, historians now believe that its true occupant was Abdalonymus, the king of Sidon.

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