Monday, November 28, 2011

Archaeological Museums Of Istanbul To Prepare For A Possible Earthquake

Three buildings in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, which houses thousands of objects in ancient times to the Ottoman Empire, are preparing for an earthquake.

Officials at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum will continue to work to protect the cultural treasures of the institutions, if possible, an earthquake.

Maintenance and renovation of the museum have been continuing since 1999 to reduce the potential damage of an earthquake occurring in the Marmara Region, museum officials said the recent announcement of the Anatolia news agency reported. Work on the heads and other buildings of the museum began as part of risk mitigation earthquake in Istanbul and the preparation of emergency plans (İSMEP).

Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Since the museum steps were not enough, because of its scarce resources, the necessary arrangements and preparations will take place to protect deposits in the exhibition halls of the museum and an observatory Kandilli statement said.

Istanbul Archaeological Museumis located in Sultanahmet, contains three museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Tiled Kiosk Museum.

Most of the exhibition spaces of the main building was redesigned in 1991. Restoration and maintenance carried out in the south wing of the palace in 2007.

Based on studies this year in the ISMEP project will work to strengthen, renew and restore the museum began.

Teams working in the Old Orient Museum has replaced the windows with new lighting, lighter and removed the windows of tall brick, and replace them with their short irons. Efforts Also, because the 1,200 objects are exhibited in glass cases, there was the secession of the windows previously attached to walls so they can be withdrawn in case of an earthquake. Tiled Kiosk Museum where 2,000 ceramic tiles and art presentations were designed for new firms during restoration work in 2004.

Built in 1881

The archaeologist and painter Osman Hamdi Bey began construction of the main buildings and complement the museum in 1881. The museum opened its doors to visitors in June 1891, but the famous architect Alexandre Vallaury continued construction of the facility until 1907. With an area of ​​9,000 square meters closed, the main building was not big enough for the arrival of new collections and an additional six plants, built between 1968 and 1980.

The Archaeological Museum displays sculptures of prehistoric and ancient Roman. Tiled Kiosk Museum's collection of approximately 2000 objects of Selcuk and Ottoman eras, the Museum of the Ancient Orient in turn, consists of the elements of the first greek Anatolia and Mesopotamia, and the pre-Islamic Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula. Most of the objects found in archaeological excavations carried out between the late 19th century and the Second World War and then brought to Istanbul.

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