Treaty of Kadesh, the world’s oldest known written peace treaty, established between Egypt and the Hittites in the 13th century BC.
One of the biggest treats is something I first saw in Berlin – a few of the lions, aurochs, and dragons from the Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon.
main building, which houses Roman artifacts, along with those from Anatolian and surrounding cultures.
The Roman section has some amazing sarcophagi (including the Alexander Sarcophagus - which was not carved for Alexander, but does commemorate Alexander’s battles) and other monuments to the dead.
Most of the work on display is Ottoman, but there are a few Seljuk pieces too – something I’m pleased to see. The style predates Islamic prohibitions against the portrayal of humans and animals and is often described as both beautiful and playful.Indeed. (I believe these examples were orginally part of the Kubadabad Palace, which was constructed by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I in Konya in 1236.)
So much beauty, but so much lost to time.