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Şanlıurfa Museum

Constructed in an area of 200 decares near Balıklıgöl in Urfa, the Museum Complex of Haleplibahçe opened its gates for visitors in 2015. Displaying approximately 10,000 artefacts from the Palaeolithic Age to Islamic periods, the museum is the largest museum of Turkey with its 34,000 square meters of indoor area.

Composed of Archaeological Museum of Şanlıurfa, Archaeopark and Mosaic Museum of Edessa; the complex also hosts various historical animations. Seeing around the museum consisting 500 artefacts from only the Neolithic Period, takes a walk of 4.5 kilometers.

Considered as “the museum consisting the highest number of artefacts in Turkey”, Haleplibahçe Museum Complex lets the visitors experience the feeling of “actually living at those ages” with visual animations related to such periods.

We would like to strongly suggest everyone to visit as soon as possible this complex that quite rich hosting the oldest human-size sculpture inside the museum of Archaeopark, mosaics and archaeology in addition to other 10,000 artefacts. Considering the fact that some of the artefacts cannot be found anywhere else on Earth, this is such an opportunity to be seized.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the oldest human-sized sculpture, the imitation of Göbeklitepe D temple, the original of Nevali Çoli Temple, a great deal of animations for those periods, animation of Prophet Abraham, as well as thousands of artefacts revealed at archaeological excavations in Lidar Höyük, Hassek Höyük, Nevali Çori, Kazane, Titriş Höyük, and Harran.

Furthermore, the Mosaic Museum of Haleplibahçe is the largest structure of Turkey, standing without columns on a 6,000 square meters of width and 82 meters of diameter. Inside the museum, mosaics revealed at Haleplibahçe are displayed in situ.

Dating back to 4th and 3rd centuries B.C., the Haleplibahçe Mosaics display more of a Greek style in both conceptual and technical terms, meanwhile other mosaics display a developed and local style of Kingdom of Osrhoene that reigned in between 132 B.C. and 244 A.D., which renders them quite original.

Among the mosaics, one of them draws the most attraction related to warrior women of Amazonia, which travelled 3,000 years ago all the way across this bay of culture from Aegean region to Black Sea and then into Anatolia, the legends of which still can be heard even today. These mosaics are considered to be the “first examples of warrior Amazonian queens pictured on mosaic”.

Mosaics of Haleplibahçe are defined as “the most valuable mosaics” in the world for their mosaic techniques, the art of portraiture, detailed masterwork, originality, and especially for the materials chosen from original stones of the Euphrates, sizing 4 mm2.