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HIstory buffs, this half day tour on Fridays of the archeological museum should not be missed. Thousands of years of history are on display here. This superb museum showcases archaeological and artistic treasures from the both pre and Ottoman periods and includes ancient artefacts and an exhibition tracing Istanbul's history. Named as Museum of the year by the European council in 1991, there are many highlights, but the sarcophagi from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon are simply amazing as is the stunning mihrab from the İbrahim Bey İmâret in Karaman, built in 1432.
The meeting point is at the entrance to the archaeology museum in Gullhane Park at 8.25am.
Istanbul Archeology Museum is among the top 10 establishments specifically designed to be museums. They are in possession of one-third of the entire historic inventory of Turkey, which is equivalent to more than 1 million historical objects.
One of the best known artifacts displayed at the museum is the ornate Alexander Sarcophagus, once believed to be prepared for Alexander the Great. Moreover, the museum hosts two of the three tablets of the Egyptian-Hittite peace treaty (1258 BCE), signed by Ramesses II of Egypt and Hattusili III of the Hittite Empire, busts of Alexander the Great and Zeus and parts of statues from the Temple of Zeus found at Bergama.
The tour finishes at 12.30pm