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Hagia Sophia (St.Sophia) church

Archaeological Museum

This complex was build by the end of 19th century by the architect Vallaury thanks to great efforts of famous Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey. It includes the exquisite Tiled Kiosk and the Museum of the Ancient Orient and houses a large collection of artifacts and works of art belonging to ancient Greek, Roman and other Anatolian civilizations dating back to the 6th century BC. The Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, Sarcophagus of Mourning Ladies, and other ancient sarcophagi and various objects found in the Sidon excavation are among its most interesting pieces.

Ancient Eastern Archeological Museum was designed and open to service in 1917 by Halil Eldem Bey. The collection on displays comprised of about 15000 archeological pieces of Ancient Mesopotamia, Pre-Greek Anatolia, Assyrian, Sumerian, Acadian, Babylonian, Ancient Egyptian and Pre-Islamic Arabic culture.

the Underground CisternOpen daily between 09:30-16:30 except Mondays.
Tel: (212) 520 77 40 and 41

The Ataturk Museum

House where Ataturk lived and worked before the War of Independence during his stay in Istanbul between 1918 and 1919, originally was built in 1908 and restored by the Municipality of Istanbul in 1943, opening to the public in 1981. Top floor of this building was reserved to His mother Zubeyde Hanim and His sister Makbule, meanwhile Ataturk used middle floor for himself and lower floor for His loyal officer.

On display are photographs of Ataturk from his birth until his death, as well as some of his clothes, personal belongings and paintings. It's located at Halaskargazi Street in Sisli district.

Open daily between 09:30-16:00 except Thursdays and Sundays.

Commemoration of Sivas Massacre :

by no-delusions

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, NOVEMBER 22 - On the initiative of the painter Bubni Hayom, 35 Turkish artists set fire to their works in Istanbul on November 19 to commemorate the victims of the 1993 Sivas massacre. On July 2 of that year, in the town in central Anatolia, 33 intellectuals of the Alevi minority group were burnt alive in a hotel that an angry crowd of Muslim fundamentalists had set fire to. The ''burnt works'' will be kept in a new museum called Unutmamak Muzesi (The Museum of Not Forgetting), announced the mayor of Istanbul's European neighbourhood Besiktas, Ismail Unal. The Sivas massacre is one of the most brutal episodes of recent Turkish history

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