New museums showcasing Turkey's heritage

25th Nov 2013

Tourists can get more clued up on Turkey's history, culture and heritage than ever thanks to the new museums opening up across the country.

The new museums will help boost Turkey's appeal as a destination for education-based trips as well as for family holidays and city breaks in Istanbul.

Among them is a long-anticipated museum displaying the results of excavations in the ancient city of Troy in western Turkey which is set to open next year.

And already on show at a new museum in the southern province of Hatay are previously unseen mosaics and an archaeologically-important collection of old coins from the region, the artefacts having previously been kept hidden away in storage.

The museum also features reconstructions of the ancient settlements at Ucagizli Cave and the mounds of Tell Tayinat and Accana.

Meanwhile, some of the world's most valuable mosaics - unearthed during the construction of a theme park - are to be housed at a new museum being built in Sanliurfa.

And in Usak - some 100 miles to the east of the western coastal town of Izmir, an historic railway station is being converted into a museum to accommodate King Croesus's treasures. They include 363 Lydian artefacts dating back around 2,700 years.

Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced earlier this year that the last decade had seen 40 new museums opened in the country with nearly 100 more having received major revamps.

The same period has seen more than 150,000 works of art - some unearthed during archaeological digs and others donated by collectors - added to museum archives across Turkey. More than 4,000 exhibits have also been brought to Turkish museums from overseas over recent years.

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