A few weeks ago Anas and I visited the Istanbul Archaeological Museums. Istanbul Archaeological Museums is made up of three museums – the Museum of Archeology, the Museum of Ancient Orient and the Tiled Kiosk Museum. The Museum of Archeology is still mostly under reconstruction. Its main collection that features the two-thousand-year-old Alexander Sarcophagus is currently off limits. Nevertheless, there is still plenty of history to see and the grounds themselves are lovely.
The building that houses the Tiled Kiosk Museum was originally constructed in 1472, during the reign of Mehmet the Conqueror. It represents the earliest stages of Ottoman civic architecture and it is the only one of its kind in Istanbul dating from that period.
The peacock fountain is decorated with tulips, carnations and flowering plum branches which were all popular motifs of its time. Dating back to 1590, the fountain, as well as the Tiled Kiosk, were once part of the Topkapi Palace outer gardens.