Sanliurfa Archeology Museum Takes Its Visitors Back 12 Thousand Years

Sanliurfa Archeology Museum Takes Its Visitors Back 12 Thousand Years

Taking its visitors back 12 thousand years, Şanlıurfa Archeology Museum welcomes more and more visitors every year.

Şanlıurfa Archeology Museum, where unique works that shed light on the history of humanity, hosted approximately 300 thousand people in 2022, reaching the highest number of visitors since the day it was opened.

Sanliurfa Archeology Museum

The museum, which was opened to visitors in 2015 by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and has an area of ​​60 thousand square meters, 30 thousand of which is closed, is exhibited in the ongoing excavations in many parts of the city such as Göbeklitepe. Karahantepe, which sheds light on the Neolithic period and is described as the “zero point of history”.

Sanliurfa Archeology Museum

Visitors to the Archaeological Museum, where hundreds of human and animal figures, cemeteries and inscriptions carved into the stones are found, also offer the opportunity to see the 180-centimeter-long “Balıklıgöl statue”, known as the “world’s first carved sculpture”. true size” and dates back to 9,500 BC.

Şanlıurfa Archeology Museum Director Celal Uludağ told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the museum, whose foundation was laid in 2012, was opened to visitors in 2015 by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Sanliurfa Archeology Museum


Explaining that the works in the museum evoke the feeling of ‘living in that period’ with visual animations belonging to the period they belong to in chronological order, Uludağ said, “There are approximately 200 thousand works in our museum. There are around 10 thousand works. The most important of these works are on display. Sanliurfa Archeology Museum One of the best examples.” I said.

Sanliurfa Archeology Museum

Stating that Şanlıurfa Archeology Museum attracts the attention of visitors with the artifacts inside, Uludağ stated that the number of visitors is increasing day by day.


Expressing that the declaration of Şanlıurfa as the “2023 Tourism Capital of the Islamic World” will have effects, Uludağ said, “With the declaration of 2019 as the ‘Year of Göbeklitepe’, Şanlıurfa Archeology Museum hosted 250 thousand visitors in 2019. Then, despite the decrease in the number of visitors due to the Pandemic, our museum in 2021. It hosted 200 thousand people. In 2022, our museum broke the visitor record and reached 300 thousand visitors.

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