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Mevlana Museum, Konya, Turkey

Before turning in for the day, we stopped by the Mevlana Museum in Konya, Turkey

Photos were not allowed inside, unfortunately, but it was a pretty boring stop.

Outside, the museum is of a typical mosque architecture

As usual with mosques and other places of Muslim worship, there is a set of water taps where people can cleanse themselves before going in

The most interesting items on display were these ancient books that featured a style of art called “miniature art” which isn’t what you’d imagine—not the Where’s Waldo type of miniature art, but detailed little oriental illustrations which were carefully inked and painted in. Really really gorgeous.

Parting view:

Photos: Canon 450D + 10-22mm

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Antalya Archaeology Museum, Turkey

One of the unexpectedly entertaining visits on the tour was the museum of archaeology in Antalya. I think we just decided that instead of being bored, as we usually are in museums, we would be goofy and try to have fun instead.

At the entrance hall before the museum proper, there are large 3D-ish bas relief type of maps

See how cool the details are, how some landmarks are carved out

Of course part of the museum’s collection were carpets!

And a (creepy) display of a typical Ottoman house

How realistic does that doll/mannequin look!

Me warming my hands in front of my hypothetical Ottoman tent

Aww, we’re not allowed

I love how artistic these old painted scrolls are. The texts don’t even look like texts, but part of a beautiful, ornate piece of art

Some interesting displays on Ottoman fashion/textiles

Look at that embroidery

More cool painted texts—this one of the Koran

We then proceeded to a wing that housed tons of sculptures, statues, sarcophagi, etc. Nothing left to do but make faces!

Is this not an eerie reminder of that place in Return to Oz with the headless statues?

Cool morbid/forlorn looking heads

And hall after hall of artifacts and incomplete statues that archaeologists have been piecing together

My sister copying his thinking pose

Trying to get my warrior pose on

Awesome how they managed to attach bits and pieces of the wings together to form what they would’ve looked like before, even when most pieces are missing!

Skeletons found in pots

A display on miniature dioramas depicting scenes of life, history, landmarks, etc.

All in all, we had a blast. Not because the museum itself was particularly mindblowing, although there were a lot of really cool and interesting pieces here, but because we pretty much acted like crazy goofballs and found fun photos to take. Go figure.

Photos: Canon 450D + 10-22mm

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