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Alanya Archaeological Museum in Antalya offers journey into Anatolian history

Alanya Archaeological Museum in Antalya offers journey into Anatolian history

The Alanya Archaeological Museum, featuring displays of cultural assets belonging to the Neolithic and Hellenistic periods as well as the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods, provides information about Anatolian civilizations to its visitors in the resort city of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast.

Located in the Alanya district, once home to many ancient civilizations, the museum opened in 1967 as a home for artifacts from the Bronze Age, and Urartu, Phrygian and Lydian periods. The original artifacts were transferred from the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in the capital Ankara. In 2013, many new sections were created at the museum with chronological and thematic displays.

While items from the ancient civilizations of Anatolia during the Paleolithic era through the Chalcolithic period and to the Bronze Age are on display in the first showcase at the museum’s entrance, the next showcase is dedicated to the Hittites, the Urartians, the Phrygians and the Lydians.

There are also antiques made of bronze, marble and glass as well as earthenware, mosaics and coin collections from the Archaic, Classic, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods on display at the museum. Turkish-Islamic monuments belonging to the Seljuk and Ottoman periods also occupy prominent spots at the museum. The most significant object on display is the bronze Heracles statue, located in a distinct hall among the sections inspired by the urban identity of Alanya.