Roman granary to become 'important' new museum

6th Mar 2013

Turkey already has a wealth of cultural sites but next year will see the launch of an open-air museum converted from a granary, the first of its kind in the country.

Building work has started on the Lycian Museum in the southern province of Antalya's Demre district, with ticket booths, administrative offices, cafés and toilets already in place.

It is being built in the Roman granary in the Andriake port of the ancient city of Myra.

The project is scheduled to be fully completed by November 25 this year, with a variety of local artefacts set to go on display.

Its Hadrian granary dates back to the Roman period in Andriake and it was one of the largest of its time, comprising seven rooms each measuring 65 metres in length and 32 metres wide.

Visitors taking group tours in Turkey will be able to soak in the granary's long and fascinating history dating right back to its original construction in 126AD.

Professor Nevzat Çevik, of Akdeniz University Archaeology Department, has acted as a consultant for the project.

He believes the Lycian Museum will become "a very important" attraction in Turkey.

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