Monday, May 06, 2013

Monday, May 06, 2013
After a fascinating visit at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum,  I took a long walk back to the city center.  I still have plenty of time so I thought about climbing the hill up to the castle when I chanced upon this glass museum signage along the street surrounding the castle.  Ancient objet d’art always interest me so I followed the sign going inside an alley and found my way in front of a metal door.

Medusa Glass Artifacts Museum exhibits around 5,000 artifacts from the Roman, Greek, Hittite, Urartu, Byzantine and Islamic eras are on display covering the period between 7500 BC and 1600 AD, housed in 3 restored historical houses.

The artifacts displayed at the museum are items collected for 15 years by a local couple (Kamil and Füsun İşsever) which features ancient glass collections among others like ancient coins, Greek figurines and busts, bangles and other forms of jewelries, ceramics and a lot of interesting stuff.
The main exhibition is housed in a 3-storey building although the 3rd floor is under restoration so I was only able to see the first 2 floors.

If you are interested in learning the art of glass-making, there is a chamber in one of the house on the left far end that demonstrate glass making, beside it is a souvenir shop where you can buy their hand-made glasses  and other gift items and a tea garden in the courtyard where one can sit and relax after seeing the displays.

Tea courtyard.

Glass-making demo.

The privately-owned museum is located near the Gaziantep castle.  You will see an oblong-shaped signboard along the main road on the side of the castle, it leads to a small alley to the museum.

Entry Fee is TL4.

Address: Seferpasa Mah., Sakir Sok No. 9-11, Gaziantep. Tel. 03422303049


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