The Archeological Museum
in Antalya, with artifacts from the Paleolithic Age to Ottoman times,
offers a glimpse of the area's rich history. Two colored ceramics
dated at 5400 - 8500 BC are worth seeing. The Ataturk
Museum displays objects used by the founder of the Turkish Republic
(Both Open weekdays except Monday).
Antalya Archeological Museum
The little museum at
the entrance of Karain Cave displays some
of the finds, most of the artifacts are housed in various museums
throughout Turkey. Some of them dated back to 160,000 BC.
Gulluk National Park, located northwest of Antalya, is a wild
and splendid landscape surrounded by the monumental traces of the
city. A nature and wildlife museum is found at the park entrance.
Archeological Museum houses some very important artifacts from
around the region (Open everyday except Monday).
Also in the region, Hacilar
Hoyuk (Hacilar mound) contains ceramics from 5400 to 8500 BC.
It was excavated in 1950. The Archeological Museum in Yalvac
itself displays several important regional artificats.
Oceanus Mosaic, Antakya Archeology Museum
Nearby Damlatas Cave,
the Archeology and Ethnography Museum stands
by (Open weekdays except Monday).
As you go along the coast,
you reach Adana, Turkey's fourth largest city. It houses three museums:
the Archeological Museum, which displays
locally excavated Hittite and Roman remains; the charming Ethnography
Museum and the Ataturk Culture Museum.
Along the Ceyhan river, next stop is Dilekkaya (the ancient
Anavarza) and it houses a small museum which has two particullarly
fine mosaics from Roman baths.
At the Karatepe
National Park, (the neo-Hittite site), the remains of the summer
residence of King Asitawada, tablets bearing Hittite and Phoenician
inscriptions which were important in deciphering the Hittite language
and an open - air museum with fine bas-reliefs reveal the importance
and astonishing aesthetic of this ancient civilization.
Museum houses one of the richest collections of Roman mosaics
in the world. These fanatastic mosaics in stone were uncovered mostly
at excavations in Antakya and nearby Daphne(Open weekdays except Monday).