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Archaeology Museum

Roman tomb in the Museum gardenThe Alanva Museum was opened to visitors in 1967. The museum consists of two sections devoted to the conservation and display archaeological and ethnographic artifacts.At the time when the museum first opened there were as yet no finds from the region dating back to the earliest historical periods. Therefore, objects representing the early Bronze Age, Urartian, Phrygian, and Lidyan periods were sent from the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara in order that visitors might better understand the chrono- logy of ancient Anatolian civilizations. Discovered at the ancient city of Laertes and donated to the museum's collection. The inscription is carved into a block of local stone, gray in color, with writing on three sides. It records a land grant made by a local governor to one of his servants and describes certain problems arising from it. In the same section of the museum visitors can see a letter sent by the Roman emperor Septimus Severus to Syedra, an ancient city near the present-day village of Seki. The letter, which is 46 lines king and dates to the 2nd century C.H.. includes a message of thanks to the people of Syedra. Also on display in this section of the museum are two inscriptions in karamanliea - a form of Turkish written using the Greek alphabet. These objects, along with a variety of finds from the Helenistic. Roman, and Byzantine era -

Including ceramic, marble, bronze, glass, and mosaic - are on display in the museum's archaeological wing. Coins found in the museum's collections dating from the 7th - 5th centuries B.C.H. to the modern era the Turkish Republic are also on display here.

Exhibited in a separate room is an object that could be considered the symbol of Alanya's archaeological museum - a very well preserved bronze statue of Hercules, fifty-two centimeters in height and dated to the 2nd century C.E. Also on display in this room is the Hylas Mosaic. The mosaic depicts a scene in which Hylas (a companion of Hercules) is taken captive by water nymphs. The illustrated panels on the walls of this room tell the story of the Hercules statue's discovery ami explain the place of Hercules in Greek mvtholouv. The museum's garden is designed as an open-air gallery featuring Roman-era ossuaries (carved stone boxes for the preservation of the ashes and hones of the deceased) that shed light on Roman funerary customs. Here the visitor can see unique examples of these ossuaries, which make up an important part of the museum's collection. Also on display in the garden are Roman column capitals, as well as Islamic gravestones and inscriptions from the Seljuk, Ottoman, and Republican periods. One corner of the garden has been set aside for a display on traditional agriculture featuring Roman agricultural implements and artifacts related to the production of olive oil in the ancient Mediterranean.

The Alanya Museum is open to visitors Tuesday - Sunday.
Visiting Hours: 08:00 -17:00 (winter) 09:00-19:30 (summer)
Address: Saray Mahallesi Hilmi Balci Sokak
Telephone: 0242 513 12 28

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