CULTURE AND KEY VENUES
The Ottoman Palace, famous for being one of the most beautiful landscapes that make up Istanbul’s skyline, a treasure trove of history on the historical peninsula.
Topkapı Palace is located in one of the oldest historical regions of Istanbul. Located on the historical Istanbul peninsula between the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, the palace is one of the iconic structures of Istanbul.
MUSEUM OF ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS
The Anatolian Civilizations Museum, which has been the home of the original works of Anatolian lands since the Paleolithic age, consists of two historical buildings . These buildings are the Ottoman Period buildings; Mahmutpaşa Covered Bazaar and Kurşunlu Inn. Having been renovated in 2014, this museum allows you to travel through history via virtual tours, animations and replicas of T-shaped stone pillars and other replicas of Göbeklitepe.
Considered among the oldest towers in the world and one of the symbols of Istanbul, Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List in 2013. Galata Tower, one of the most important structures that make up the silhouette of Istanbul, was used as a long-term fire watchtower and was named Galata Fire Tower.
Zeugma Mosaic Museum
Zeugma Mosaic Museum houses artifacts that are thought to be the most important mosaics in the world. The museum, which has a rich collection of mosaics in terms of subject and color, draws attention with the multiplicity of the number of tessera (the name given to each mosaic stone) in the square meter layout. With three-dimensional designs and high-level techniques, the depiction of architecture of the period, the way of life, the rich transfer of flora and fauna on the mosaics has made Zeugma one of the most important mosaic museums in the world.It’s famous for Gypsy Girl Mosaic.
Aydın Archaeological Museum
The exhibition hall is essentially planned for the purpose of the exhibition of the works obtained from the excavations, namely Tralleis, Magnesia, Nysa, Alabanda, Panionion, Anaia, and Tepecik Mound which are located in the zone of responsibility of the museum. In this hall artifacts from major ancient cities such as Mastaura, Pigale and Orthosia also exhibited along with artefacts obtained from other rescue excavations conducted by the museum. At the entrance of the Aydın Archaeological Museum, visitors are greeted by the following verse; “As long as you live, be free as a bird Don’t let anything upset you Life is too short And time is pregnant with everything” Written on the tombstone by Seikilios of Tralleis, it is the oldest written poem in the world, nearly 2000 years old, which had been commissioned for him in his health, and later converted to melody with a 6/8 note measurements.