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Gaziantep Archaeology Museum

The new Museum exhibition near the old museum was put on service at 23 june 2005 by supports of Gaziantep Governorship and Provencial Local Administrations financial contributions for exhibiting the enormous mosaics and Works found at Belkıs/Zeugma saving digs.

The museum, in which Belkıs/Zeugma's enormous mosaics and wall pictures are being exhibited is the second mosaics museum of the wold. Furthermore, it is the unique museum with its original exhibition the old museum building and new building are connected to each other by a gallery and after new exhibition works the museum is designed as “chronological museum” where the portable culturel whealts of Gaziantep and its envirovment are being exhibited chronologically. At the and of these exhibition and arrangements Gaziantep Museum has a remarkable place through the world museums by Zeugma Mosaics and its chronological exhibitions.


The Exhibiton Zeugma Mosaics

This exhibition hard has got two floors downstairs, Poseidon and Euphrates houses with peristyl (court with columns) dining room, inner court “impliviumu”with their mosaics, frescos and its original architecture are being exhibited which were unearted at Zeugma 2000 year saving diggings. İn this salon the statue of Mars, got of war is being exhibited. In addition mosaics, found at saving diggins, are attached on the walls. Near each mosaic there are illustrated information wall panels. Upstairs, mosaics and grove statue are being exhibited. From the balconny of this floor, the Poseidon Mosaic in reestablished Poseidon house and the Perseus Mosaics in the dining room can be seen below. Besides the short informati on CD's about Gaziantep and Zeugma can be watched by projector from the seats in this salon.


By the entrance of the museum the mosaic which has got a picture of Teonoe in pink clothes greets the visitors as it is saying welcome. In front of it a mosaic is laid in which love (Eros) and spirit (Psykhe) were drawn next to each other. On the left side of Teonoe there is the goddess of plenty and abundonce Gaia , on the right side there is the mosaic of eternal love's Heros Partenope and Metiox. On the right of this front salon in which there are the stels of Commagene King Antiokhos and Apollon's shaking , there is the model of Poseidon and Euphrates Villas which were brought to the light. By the help of this model it is possible to have information about Zeugma house's court, shallow ponds,fountains and mosaics.


Riding from the front salon towards which was drawn about “The Wedding of Dionysos” can be seen. In this mosaic, which was stolen from the salon where it was being exhibited in 1988, Just 3 figures remain now of 12 figures. By putting question mark and the whole picture of mosaics on the part which was stolen. In the Okeanos saloon reaching from this saloon, with the mosaic having the pictures of Okeanos and Tethis who are the the parent of river gods.

From this salon, the Mars salon that is the largest place of this museum can be reached. In south, the peristyle of Poseidon house with columns, shallow pond and mosaics are re-established. Next to it the living room of the same home is placed. In the shallow pond the god of seas Poseidon was drawn through the sea creatures. In the centre of the saloon the bronze statue of Mars, the god of war, stands with his furious glance, a spear in his hand and flowers in the other hand. On its left side a waterjet pond with its fountain was brought from Zeugma established here. In the shallow pond there is the mosaic concerned with the Trojan war, the theme of it is “Akhileus in Skyros”. On the right of it “Satyros Antiope” who tempted hazel eyed Antiope and on the other there is the mosaic of Europa and Galatia. On the right of this Mars saloon, the god of wine “Drunk Dionysos” and “The Honeymoon of Dionysos” mosaics have been exhibited.


On the opposite of this saloon “Women Room” is placed. On the flor of the room “Crowning of Aphrodite” mosaic signed with Zosimos from Samsat is laid. On the left, the marble body of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, on the walls the symbol of loyalty Penelope, and frescos of Akhileus wife Deidemia are found. On the opposite of this room, women and man busts and statues of Zeugma Sculpture are being exhibited.

Turning to left, riding near the tall columns of peristyle you reach to Euphrates saloon. In this saloon the mosaic of Euphrates in the young river gods, who is the god of Euphrates (the river) is placed. Near it, the mosaic of a scene of the theatre play “Women At breakfast” the second known work of master Zosimos is present.

From the Euphrates saloon to the second flor it is possible to go up by stairs. Passing in front of the Dionysos bust, you can reach to Galatia room. This room is established by bringing from Zeugma. On the flor of this room whose walls are decorated with the frescos of Dionysos banquet, in one of the panels surrounded by geometrical patterns Satyros- Antiope, in the other Galatia was drawn. From there you can get into the saloon in which you can not only watch the information CD's but also see the Mars saloon above. By watching the enormous scene of mosaics of Poseidon and Perseus-Andromeda from the balcony. Again it goes to other saloon where Dionysos bust is there, by following geometrical mosaics and Zeugma pictures, you can reach the stairs getting the people to the ground flor. On the ground floor, passing transversally to the entrance, the stairs letting you to the second floors B department can be climbed up. In the two saloons of this department the flor mosaics of the two dining-rooms of Zeugma House can be seen. In one of these saloons, the mosaic drawn on the theme of Minos bull, Phasiphae-Daidolos mosaic and Dionysos Procession mosaic and in the other saloon the mosaics drawn about the musos are placed.

After wandering these exhibition saloons the man, who gets both visual and informational pleasent can buy some souvenir fort he memory of Gaziantep and Zeugma as nacre embroidered souvenir, the CD films that he hod watched, cards or boks while he is drinking his coffee in the cafeteria where he went to have a rest. After cafeteria by walking near the model of Zeugma villas and going through the gallery he can reach the chronological.


Choronological Exhibiton Saloons

The work in this department are being exhibited in the man-sensitive lighting vitrine. At the end of the gallery turning to right, the nature history window in which copper, iron and other minerals and with sea animates and leaf fossiles can be seen.

In the next part, the sea animates formed in mijosen period give idea about the geological formation of Gaziantep region. Later, Mammath skeleton and then the exhibition goes on by the vitrine of the first marks of human beings refleeting 600.000 years before, especially the paleolitik stone tools on the side of Euphrates and Doliche.

From this saloon you would pass to Bronze Age saloon, Bronze Age pots, pikes, spears, swords, axes, small statues, pots from graves of bronze age, gifts of jewelery, next Van and Urmiye vessels and the metal works of Urartus who achieved to establish a great kingdom around Van during the Iron Age can be seen in the vitrines. The Works which were found in the process of digging in 312 graves of the old Bronze Age Necropol near Zeugma by the Museum Managemement in 1997-98 are being exhibited with the portnership of visuel properties.

God statues from the Hittites who have thousand gods, animal statues, hair needles made of bone and bronze for women, fibulas used as safety pins, the hallmark presses used for stamping the money sacks and letters, and gold jewellery attached to dead people are exhibited in the windows. Furthermare, there are silver coins that began in the Archaic Age and went on Hellenistic Age by Alexander and bronze Romen coins. These vitrines go on Islamic gold coins and Ottomon silver coins and end with Ottoman madallions. At the other side the coins impression and age characteristics with the documents through the time are found in the panels of information. Gypsy Girl who looks attentively to the visitors and is the symbol of Zeugma is being exhibited in this room.


From this saloon you can go to the saloon in which Akemenid – Persion, Hellenistic and Comogene and especially Romen Age small statues, glass Works, red priming vessels and medical tools are being exhibited. In this saloon, the vessels, small statues, coins, hallmark presses and plenty goddess Demeter's statue which were found at Zeugma diggins are being exhibited.

After this saloon, you can tend to the exit of museum and on the left side of the exit it is possible to visit the family grove room engraved to the rock.

In this room the tomb, the statues belonging to the owners of the graves in front of the groves are being exhibited.


Museum Garden

On the south and east touring route of the museum garden through the Hittite and late Hittite ages banquet scene stels, the relief of sky god Teschup, Yesemek origined lion and sphenkx statue are exhibited. On the way there are Zeugma grave Stones having figures, eagles and woolen baskets on them, hand grinders and alters and garden tour ends with tombs.

How To Go ?

Gaziantep Archeology Museum is allocated in Sehitkamil Central District, at the corner of intersection of Kamil Ocak Street and Istasyon Street from railway station to city center and at south of Kamil Ocak Stadium. Buses could park in large and no crowded Kamil Ocak street.

Who would enter the museum Free of Charge :

Personnel of the ministry and their spouses and children
War veterans, martyrs and divorced and orphan children of war veterans, elementary school and secondary school students and teachers, the persons under Article 2022 law for giving salary of life, who is over 65 years and dependent, impotent and waif Turkish citizens
Local and foreign persons may benefits by mutual and corresponding privileges under international agreements and applications, foreign guests, foreign students and governmental committees and officers traveling with them,
Soldier and combats, persons with press identity card, local and foreign professional tourist guides, local and foreign tour operators,
Local visitors in first day of Museums Week and Tourism Week.
Parking Situation : There is a free parking place for cars. Because Kamil Ocak Street where museum there is not a busy street, the cars and vehicles could park at sides of that street in front of museum.

Visit of Handicapped Persons : there is a wheelchair for handicapped persons to visit the museum. On the other hand, there is a ramp for entrance of the handicapped visitors visiting the museum.

Public Telephone : There is a public telephone machine working with smart card of Turkish Telekom Enterprise at entrance of the museum.

Library and Working Centers : There is an Expert Library in the museum. It is possible to separate a room for scientific study in the museum.

Cafeteria : There is a cafeteria for resting of the visitors in the museum building. There are tea, coffee, coke, biscuit, cake etc for sale.

Sales Points : A part of this cafeteria is separated for sales unit of hand made works and artworks of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. In this place, ceramic, copper, wooden, textile, leather, silver made works and glassware most of them inspired from history are sold. There are leather bags and wallets, textile products such as needlework and Turkish kilims, musical folk instruments, statuettes, jewels, decorative products etc for sale. Besides, there, CD's introducing Turkey , audio CD's, publications about Zeugma and Gaziantep and postcards are sold.

Other Points;

In free entrances the visitors should show their identity cards.
Tickets used for entrance to Museum and visiting places are saved during visit and shown in check point.
It was mot asked for any charge because of taken photographs by camera without table and record by video camera during visit. Professional photography and video camera records are subject to governmental regulations and against payment and under information of Museum Directorate.
For visits of student visitors' group organization of the school, it should be get appointment from Museum Directorate.
Museum and visiting places are closed to visit during religious holidays.
Museums are closed to visit on Mondays.
The points didn't mention in applicable essences are specified by decision of Board of Directors, Return Capital Enterprise Central Directorate.
See also:
About Gaziantep
Gaziantep Zoo
University of Gaziantep