Treasure Box

Blued Tiled Entrance to the Tiled Kiosk Building
The beautiful blue tiled entrance to the Tiled Kiosk Museum.

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. 

A View of the Tiled Kiosk Building
The Tiled Kiosk Museum seen from further away.

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.

Istanbul Archaeological Museum
A view from the courtyard.
Istanbul Archaeological Museum
Istanbul Archeological Museums
Tiled mosaic floor at the Istanbul Archeological Museums
Tiled mosaic floor at the Istanbul Archeological Museums
Istanbul Archeological Museums
Istanbul Archeological Museums
Istanbul Archeological Museums
Istanbul Archeological Museums
The Peacock Fountain in the Tiled Kiosk Museum
The Peacock Fountain in the Tiled Kiosk Museum
The Peacock Fountain in the Tiled Kiosk Museum
The Peacock Fountain in the Tiled Kiosk Museum

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.

Terrace of the Tiled Kiosk Museum
Terrace of the Tiled Kiosk Museum
The Archaeological Museum
The Medusa head on the stairs leading up the ​second floor of the Archaeological Museum
The Medusa head on the stairs leading up the ​second floor of the Archaeological Museum
Sumerian Cuneiform Slabs
Sumerian Cuneiform Slabs
Sumerian cuneiform tablets at the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul telling the story of how Inanna preferred the farmer
Carved Statue at the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul

With Love,

Martina

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