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Eskişehir, an Anatolian city full of treasures – Part III

on 14/08/2015
Archaeological Museum - Demircihöyük Necropolis

Archaeological Museum – Demircihöyük Necropolis

In addition to the beautiful Ottoman houses of Odunpazarı and the many green spaces, the pleasant city of Eskişehir is also home to a number of museums.

Beside the Meerschaum Museum and the glassblowing workshop, both situated in the Kurşunlu Mosque complex, there are another two that deserve a visit.

The Caricature Museum is located in Odunpazarı, in a superb house from the early 20th century, which was once inhabited.

Over two levels, it displays works signed by Turkish artists as part of temporary exhibitions, as well as a permanent exhibition of drawings by artists from around the world. Japanese, Macedonian, English and Mexican caricaturists describe Turkey with their pencils and their sense of humour.

The museum also features a room dedicated to the famous Nasreddin Hodja, a Seljuq satirical Sufi native of this region and believed to have lived during the 13th century, whose stories and anecdotes are extremely popular.

Caricature Museum - Nasreddin Hodja Room

Caricature Museum – Nasreddin Hodja Room

Besides, this place has specially designed rooms, where the artists can work. First museum of its kind in Turkey, it belongs to the Research Centre for Cartoon Art of the Eskişehir Anadolu University.

A few hundred yards from there, on Atatürk Avenue, you will find the huge Archaeological Museum. It first opened to the public in 1974. However, in 2001, it was deemed insufficient and inadequate in term of space and shut its doors, only to be reopened in 2010 after some extensive modernisation and expansion works.

A great number of gravestones from the 2nd and 3rd centuries and sarcophaguses from the Seljuk period are displayed in the garden. The many rooms on the ground and first floors feature 18 000 artefacts of all kind found in the region.

The findings cover all periods of history from Neolithic to the Ottoman Empire, including Bronze Age, the Hittite Empire, the Phrygian era and the Hellenistic, Byzantine and Seljuk periods.

Indeed, the excavations carried out in Dorylaion (ancient Eskişehir) and in the region resulted in some very important discoveries, such as the Demircihöyük Necropolis, where 602 tombs dating back to Bronze Age were uncovered in 1990-91.

 


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