Turkey opens wax museum of famous artists

21st May 2013

A 160-piece wax museum has opened its doors in Turkey, showcasing famous artists from both home and abroad.

The museum in Eskişehir is the brainchild of Professor Yılmaz Büyükerşan, who just happens to be the city's mayor as well.

"We have a past to be proud of, we have raised people to be proud of, but in my opinion, they have not been appreciated enough," said Büyükerşen.

"That's why I like wax sculptures, I hope the sculptures I have made will contribute to making peace with our own history and people."

Turkey's 'Madame Tussauds' - as the museum is perceived - features renowned Turkish artists, public figures and former presidents.

It also features international figures such as US President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and movie stars and other celebrities.

Many of the people whose replicas now adorn the museum attended the opening on May 19, including actresses Göksel Kortay and Nevra Serezli, and actors Rutkay Aziz and Tarık Akan.

Daily Hürriyet columnist and managing editor Tufan Türenç was also present as the museum opened its doors for the very first time.

"Büyükerşen has created a miracle again, it's a must see," he declared.

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