Fouilltes de Sagalassos

The Burdur Archaeology Museum and the treasures from Sagalassos

on 05/09/2014

At Burdur Museum – Sagalassos Section

       The lovely town of Burdur, located in the province of the same name in the heart of the Taurus Mountains, is home to one of the prettiest archaeological museums of Turkey.

It was first a regional museum situated in the library of the ancient Bulgurzade Aga Medresesi in the town centre. It reopened as an archaeological museum on June 12th 1969 and was transformed and extended at the beginning of the 2000s in order to accommodate part of the findings discovered in Sagalassos, antique site situated about 40 km away from Burdur.

It is now one of the richest museum of the country with a collection exceeding 67 000 items.

The Sagalassos section is located on the ground floor. As soon as you enter the building you will discover the impressive and magnificent frieze of the dancing girls which adorned the Northwest Heroon of the site.

Several superb marble statues found in the Temple of Apollo Klarios situated at the end of the Colonnaded Street await the visitors.

On the left side of the entrance you can also admire the heads of Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius, two of the most important Roman Emperors, as well as two of their legs. These colossal statues were discovered in the Roman Baths in 2007 and 2008.

In the next two rooms the exhibited statues are the ones of gods and goddesses, such as Poseidon or Hera, that were found in the Upper and Lower Agoras.

A bit further, you will discover several funerary urns unearthed from the necropoleis of Sagalassos.

The exhibition also includes many potteries, religious objects and statuettes and all the rooms have explanatory panels in Turkish and English.

We will continue the visit of this magnificent museum in our next article.

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