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Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara - often referred to Turkey’s most outstanding museum occupies two renovated Ottoman-era buildings (a bazaar warehouse built in the 15th century) in the Atpazari district of the city. Housed in this museum are displays of the achievements of Anatolia’s many diverse cultures. As posted on a plaque near the entrance, Ankara’s Museum of Anatolia Civilizations also won the 1997 European Museum of the Year award.The exhibits are laid out in chronological order starting with the Paleolithic age and continuing to the Ottoman period.
I was fascinated by the cave drawings/paintings on display. Mother Goddess supported by two felines - this statue is approx. 20 cm in height - found at Çatalhöyük; first half of 6th millennium BC.Besides all the amazing displays, I couldn’t help but notice some great ceiling detail!
This 2.25m high limestone relief represents the figure of a warrior god from the Kings Gate in Hattusas which was the capital of the Hittite empire from 2000 to 1180 BC. A replica now stands in its place at the actual gate in Hattusas.
More great architectural details in soothing colours.
Bas-reliefs from ancient times.
More ancient treasures as seen in the Museum.
Leaving the museum, we spent some time walking around in the gardens surrounding it. Filled with statues and other ancient artifacts, the garden was a quiet and peaceful place.
Inscriptions on Roman road markers (looked like large columns) displayed in the exterior courtyard/garden area of the museum.
Various statues as seen in the gardens surrounding the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.