Today was purposely scheduled to be a light day because Joe needed to keep an eye on the post election market. It actually ended up working well, as I was tired from yesterday’s excursion up to the mountains.
We made the short trek to Antalya Museum, which contains most of the finds from excavations around this region, as well as a few from Lycia. There are the usual potteries and coins, but the highlight of the museum is their sculpture collection from Perge. Remember Perge has been extensively excavated since 1946, so it’s expected to yield a great deal of antiquities.
The Big 3s that I had wanted to see were Zeus, Artemis, and Apollo, as those were the 3 stationed at the fountain at the north end of the Main Street.
The theater section includes sculptures found within the Perge theater. These statues are much larger in size.
The sarcophagi we’d seen at sites have been rather plain and simple. The ones in the museum are on a completely different level.
To appreciate these sculptures, I strongly recommend visiting Perge first before visiting the museum. It helps to put everything in perspective.
2 thoughts on “Antalya Museum”
The collections look amazing. Would love to spend some time there.
It truly is amazing when you think how all these marble carvings date back to the 2nd century AD.