Istanbul Archaeological Museum located near Topkapi Palace in the Sultanahmet neighborhood is an extraordinary museum. I have been twice and will visit again on my next solo travels to Istanbul Turkey – one of my favorite cities. Ishtar Gate and Processional Way was constructed around 575 BC and was the eighth gate within the walls of the ancient city of Babylon. The city is located around 50 miles south of Baghdad Iraq.
Ishtar was the Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, wisdom and sexuality – talk about multi-tasking! The gate features lions, dragons, and aurochs (bulls) and was made of lapis lazuli glazed mud brick.
You can watch a short (less than 7 minutes) video about the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way here.
The Ishtar Gate was a double gate and the smaller front portion has been reconstructed and is on display at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. It was stolen from Babylon – excavated is the term used by the thieves who remove artifacts from their original location – by Robert Koldewey of Germany in the early 20th century. Pieces of the Processional Way were also stolen and are located at various museums around the world – one of them being the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.
What are your thoughts about artifacts excavated (stolen) many years ago?
Do you think artifacts should be returned to their country of origin?
How to get to Istanbul Archaeological Museum :
Address: Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sk, 34122.
Phone Number: +90 212 520 77 40
Hours: daily 9AM – 7PM
Admission Cost (as of July 2015): TL 15
How to Get There: Tram station: Gülhane (Kabataş-Bağcılar line)