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One of Istanbul Archeological Museums' three primary units is the Museum of the Ancient Orient. The other units are close to the Istanbul Archeological Museum and the Tiled Kiosk. The museum houses artifacts and cuneiform writings from pre-Islamic Arabian, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Anatolian, and Urartian civilizations, including the Stele of the Akkadian King Naramsi, the Treaty of Kadesh, the Ishtar Gate, and the Tablet Archives, which house 75,000 cuneiform texts.
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Discover the four amazing main exhibition sections in The Museum of the Ancient Orient: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Anatolia and Arabia
Also, take the opportunity to see the first love poem written in the world!
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Entry to Museum of the Ancient Orient
The Museum of the Ancient Orient is one of the main three units of Istanbul Archaeological Museums. The other units are in the same location as the Istanbul Archaeological Museum and the Tiled Kiosk.
In the Museum of the Ancient Orient, there are exhibitions of unique collections of artworks belonging to the pre-Ionian eras of Anatolia and Mesopotamia, and the pre-Islamic eras of Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula. Most of these artifacts were unearthed in archaeological excavations that started at the end of the 19th century and lasted until the First World War. They were brought to Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire of the era, which was the ruler of these aforementioned countries at the time.
The exhibitions in the museum are pre-Islamic Arabian, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Anatolian, and Urartian Artifacts and cuneiform documents such as the Stele of the Akkadian King Naramsi, the Treaty of Kadesh, the Ishtar Gate, and the Tablet Archives which contains 75,000 cuneiform documents.
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Take the T1 Bağılar - Kabataş tram and get off at Gulhane station. The museum is an easy 5-10 minute walk away.Get Directions
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The building itself is a unique historical structure. It was built by Osman Hamdi Bey in 1883 as Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi, better known as the Academy of Fine Arts. This academy, which would form the foundations of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in the future, is the first fine arts school opened in the Ottoman Empire.
The architect of the building was Alexander Vallaury, who would later build the Classical Building of the Istanbul Archaeological Museums. In 1917, after the academy was moved to another building in Cağaloğlu, this building was allocated to the Directorate of Museums. Halil Edhem Bey, the head of the Directorate of Museums, thought that it would be more appropriate to exhibit the works of ancient cultures of the Near East countries separately from the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine works, and he arranged the building as the Museum of the Ancient Orient.
During the Second World War, the Museum of the Ancient Orient was discharged for defense purposes. In 1963, a major arrangement was made in the museum structure and it was opened to visitors in 1974. The Museum of the Ancient Orient gained its present form on September 8, 2000, and it is continuing to serve as a tourist attraction ever since. museum of the ancient orient, the museum of the ancient orient, museum of the ancient orient istanbul, istanbul museum of the ancient orient, ancient orient museum, ancient orient museum istanbul, ancient orient museum tickets, ancient orient museum ticket price.
If you are visiting the Museum of the Ancient Orient keep in mind that nearby a similar tourist attraction is located. The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art is an impressive museum that combines Turkish and Islamic artifacts You can access this museum for free with Istanbul Tourist Pass.
There is a cuneiform tablet numbered “Istanbul #2461” in the Cuneiform Documents Archive of the Museum of Ancient Orient. The tablet was found in 1889 in the ancient Sumerian city of Nippur, located in the southeast of present-day Iraq.
It was deciphered by the American Assyrian and Sumerologist Samuel Noah Kramer, who came to Istanbul in 1951 and started working on the Sumerian tablets. It was translated into Turkish by Muazzez İlmiye Çığ. It soon became clear that on this cuneiform tablet, the world's oldest love poem was written. Its authenticity is confirmed by Guinness World Records.
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The Museum of the Ancient Orient is one of the richest archeology museums in the world and it is worth your time to see all the exhibitions from many civilizations and cultures.