A Visit to the Antalya Archaeological Museum

While traveling and touring in Turkey, there are a number of important and beautiful sites one must visit. The city of Antalya, and the country as a whole, is vast with rich history. The surrounding regions are overflowing with archaeological and architectural wonders. The Antalya Archaeological Museum is the perfect place to see so many of these artifacts in one location, as its walls host a property of about 30,000 square meters and offer 13 historically enriched exhibition galleries.

Introduction to the Experience

Art Student at the Antalya Museum

As I walked through the halls of this museum I couldn’t help but feel small as dozens of thousand year old figurative memorials towered over me on either side. I passed young artists sitting content below the artifacts, drawing each shade and crevice with intricate detail. Passing from exhibit to exhibit revealed glimpses of the lush garden surrounding the building. Although the physical artifacts themselves are considered to solely bring the culture to this location, I believe the true abundance of culture is not a fragment of the past protected by a glass case, but living and floating through the halls of this gallery every step of the way.

How to Get There

Tram line from The Old City

The Antalya Archaeological Museum is a short tram ride outside of the old city. Simply get on the tram at any location in Kaleici and head westward until the final stop (costing just under 2 lira). Then cross the street from the tram station and the museum’s garden will be visible just beyond the property’s gates. To enter the exhibits, you will need to buy a ticket costing 20 lira. Once inside, most artifacts have descriptions and explanations which are available in both Turkish and English.

Sculptures and Statues

Statue of Caracalla

One of the most remarkable pieces of work is Caracalla, the eldest son of the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. The sculpture stands at an enormous height and even a small detailed man who barely touches Carcalla’s knee is of good size. A sleek black panel stands beside him announcing the statues background. It is confidently posed inside of a large opening in the wall of the gallery which is coated in a shade of rich wine-red paint. This is one of 13 sculptures who now stand proudly lit in The Hall of Perge West Street and Nymphaeum.

Ancient Artifacts

Ancient Gold Coins

Here lie 187 soliduses or gold coins of the Byzantine Empire. These precious coins are dated back to the mid 500’s and, in a way, hold even more value and worth than in the time period of their use. The light of the exhibit reflects off the base of one of the coins, revealing a woman who metaphorically symbolizes the city of Constantinople which is now modern day Istanbul. This treasure, along with jewelry and other small artifacts, claim their own floor on the second story of the annex. I step back outside into the mid-day heat and can’t help but stop and appreciate the country I am in and the abundance of history it holds.

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