As part of our trip to Istanbul in Turkey, we visited the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. It turned out that most of the museum was shut for renovation, but there were a few buildings and exhibits open.
There was a really interesting sarcophagus exhibition, which housed tons of different sarcophagi. The most fascinating aspect of these were the inscriptions what were etched into some of them. When translated they revealed curses that would rain down on those who tried to move or steal from them!
My favourite building in this complex though, was that of the Tiled Kiosk Museum. I had no idea this existed before we arrived, but it was a lovely surprise, the building itself was beautiful!
The Tiled Kiosk was built in the 15th century during the reign of Mehmet the Conqueror, and is the oldest building within the museum complex.
It houses beautiful examples of Turkish tiles (also known as Iznik tiles, named after the town where these sorts of tiles were originally made) and ceramics. After seeing so many of these tiles, I instantly wanted to go home and re-decorate my house!!
It was a fairly small but lovely display of great art, housed in a beautiful building. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are visiting Istanbul!
More information on visiting can be found on the Archaeological Museum webpages.