Gaziantep Turkey Museums
The southeastern city of Gaziantep is now home to the first Turkish Cooking Museum and is known for its rich and varied cuisine and cultural heritage.
It houses the Zeugma Mosaic Art Museum and is full of excellent cuisine and significant history, and counts on the city for its gastronomic tourism. One of the structures that occupies the spotlight of this museum is the Maenad, popularly called the Gypsy Girl. s head, it has become a symbol of this city and the classical heritage of Turkey. Although the exhibition catches the eye, it is one of the most popular works of art in all museums.
The mosaics of the museum focus on Zeugma, which was probably founded by the army of General Alexander the Great and is one of the most important archaeological sites of the city of Giza and an important tourist attraction. The temple of Aropoli of ancient Zeugsa, considered by some to be the temple of Aropsoli in ancient Zeugmas, is now located in this museum forecourt.
Everything that could be moved was excavated and enough of the pieces removed by archaeologists and looters were preserved to start the museum. The mosaics were found during excavations in the late 1990s and early 2000s at the site of the Temple of Aropsoli in ancient Zeugmas in Giza.
The Zeugma Museum has been improved and last year a much larger new museum was opened, simply called Gaziantep Archaeological Museum. On the one hand, it contains objects found during excavations at Tilmen Yesemek burial mound, and on the other, it houses the remains of the original museum building, which was opened in 1969.
It contains metal coins from prehistoric times to Byzantine times, as well as ceramics, glassware and other items. In the courtyard of the Exedra Museum there is a work reserved for archaeological work, but containing a large number of metals and coins from prehistoric and Byzantine times.
There is also a plaque entitled "News from other museums and archaeological studies" which presents the ruins of these places.
Turkish and English articles and pictures called "Ataturk Museums" are presented to the public. We also exhibit a small, large-scale copy of a large photograph called "The Plundering of Turkey," prepared by the Ministry of Culture and sent to many countries for introductory purposes.
In addition to the above mentioned attractions, Gaziantep also has a number of private museums, some of which should certainly be on your list if you are visiting Gazantep. While the city museum is housed in the restored Bayazhan building, the other museums have settled in old villas in Gazianep. This is a nice, quiet museum that you can add to your travel notes if you want to visit a private museum. The investment in Turkey's culture and tourism has been awarded twice for its contributions to Turkey's cultural heritage and tourism.
The first was the Bardo Museum in Tunis and the second was the Mosaic Museum in Hatay - Antioch, which has been the most important museum in Turkey since its opening. The Gaziantep Museum, whose core is made up of works by Sabahat Gogus from the surrounding area, first performed its services in the Nuri Mehmet Pasha Mosque and then moved to the current building in 1969. In the 1990s, the local authorities rebuilt both the old and the small museum, and built new structures to house some of Turkey's most visited archaeological sites, such as the Mardin Museum, Konya Museum and Bazaar Museum. It was opened in 2002 to display the mosaics of the ancient city of Gazianep as well as other cultural and historical artifacts.
A visit to the Zeugma Museum gives you the opportunity to see beautiful mosaics and statues found in various ancient cities in the region. Today, this place is a museum and offers an insight into the traditional Gaziantep cuisine, which has similarities with Arab, Hittite and Assyrian cuisine. The women here will show you how to prepare this kitchen, and in addition to this food landscape you will find handmade leather, ceramics, pottery, glassware and other artifacts. Besides the Mosaic Museum in Antakya, the Mosaic Museum in Gazianep, mosaics from Urfa and the Haleplibahce Museum, there are mosaics from other cities.
Experts consider the exhibition in this museum to be one of the most important ancient works of art in the region and believe that this mosaic represents the wedding scene of Dionysus. One of the most valuable pieces of the museum is a mosaic from the ancient city of Antakya, which can be seen in every corner.
The high domed hall is full of skylights, complemented by sparse chandeliers, and the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus, which reopened earlier this year, has made Gaziantep known as one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. Perhaps the drive to the Zeugma Mosaic Museum is pushing things up a bit, but we hardly found a hotel near the center of Gaza City. After leaving my husband and boys to explore the souq, we parked our car to get to where we wanted to be.