World’s Biggest Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep, Turkey

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate the “Zeugma Mosaic Museum” at a former factory in Gaziantep on Friday. Building of the museum by the Gaziantep Municipality began in April 2008. It cost about $50-55 million. Some 1,700 square metres of mosaic unearthed in the ancient city of Zeugma, will be on display in the museum. The biggest museum in the history of the Republic of Turkey also outpaced the Bardo Museum in Tunis, which was considered the world’s biggest mosaic museum. The three-storey museum has an exhibition area of 30,000 square metres. The museum also includes the special room built for Mainad Mosaic, which has been etched into people’s minds as the “Gypsy Girl”. The special room takes place in the first section on the second floor. It is shaped like a labyrinth. The lighting inside specifically emphasizes the melancholy gaze of the Gypsy Girl. The museum was opened to visitors on July 18 drawing a number of Italian, French, German and Japanese tourists.

AA / 8.9.2011

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