Zeugma Mosaic Museum, known as the world's biggest mosaic museum, charms its visitors.
After being officially opened by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on September 9, the museum drew record number of visitors on September 10 and 11. Some 3,000 people visited the museum on those days. 4,567 people visited the museum between September 9 and 15 and 10,046 people visited the museum from July 18 and September 15.
Asuman Arslan, curator of the museum, said that especially Italian, French, British, German and Japanese tourists visited the museum.
Meanwhile, delegations from the USA, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Romania and Serbia visited the museum during the 6th International Pistachio Festival.
Built at a former factory in Gaziantep, the museum cost about $50-55 million.
Some 1,700 square metres of mosaic unearthed in the ancient city of Zeugma are on display in the museum.
The biggest museum in the history of the Republic of Turkey 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.
AALast Mod: 16 Eylül 2011, 12:21