The Archaeology Museum of the 2010 European Capital of Culture is one of the most fascinating museums in the world and definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in Istanbul. One of the unique historical objects in this museum is the Alexander Sarcophagus.
For years it has been thought that one of the sarcophagi showcased in this museum held the remains of Alexander the Great, the impressive leader who marched from Macedon conquering every land he and his army came across until he invaded India.
The so called Alexander Sarcophagus is a late 4th century B.C. stone sarcophagus decorated with high-relief friezes of Alexander the Great. It was found in the mid-1800s in Sidon, a port city about 25 miles south of Beirut whose rich history dates to 4000 B.C., and was among the most successful of the Phoenician city-states. Alexander conquered Sidon in 332 B.C.
In the first panel of the sarcophagus Alexander is depicted in the battle of Issus in 333 B.C., the critical moment when Alexander crushed Persia for primacy in Asia Minor, and in a lion chase. In the opposite frieze, Alexander and other men are hunting a lion.
In reality, archeologists have established that the sarcophagus was created for a Seleucid king, that is one of the descendents of the heirs of the Macedonian Empire. Nevertheless the artistic beauty of historical monument is massive and makes it for a wonderful visit.
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The ambience of the boutique Hotel Sultania is early seventeen hundreds but its amenities are thoroughly next-century. At the Sultania you’ll embark on a journey from the Ottoman Era to the Future cuddled by the world-renowned Turkish hospitality.
Situated in the heart of this marvelous capital, ideally located in the historical peninsula, with personalized first-rate service, Hotel Amira Istanbul offers also a library, free Wi-Fi and a luxury business centre. During your stay you will be able to forget all the stress in the Wellness Center that includes gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage service.
Luxury five-star hotel, pioneer of a different travel culture in Turkey. Centrally located at Harbiye and Nisantasi, Bentley Hotel Istanbul is within a walking distance to Istanbul’s top attractions. This hotel provides Free Wifi
Boutique hotel featuring a Spa & Wellness Centre, contemporary sleek luxury and the coolest in hotel technology. The Sofa Hotel is located at the heart of the chic shopping & arts district Nisantasi, surrounded by the best shops, restaurants and galleries Istanbul has to offer.
Witt Istanbul Suites is located in the Cihangir district of Istanbul, close to Taksim Square which is a central location on the European side. Witt is close to all major attractions, Istiklal shopping street and the entertainment district. The hotel combines design and tailor-made amenities. This hotel provides Free Wifi
Located in the most ancient part of Istanbul, the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. The Special Class Celal Sultan Hotel offers you an exquisite stay in an elegant and stylish environment. This hotel provides Free Wifi
A luxury boutique hotel on the water – There is a choice of suites and bedrooms, each with its own personality, most with fire places, but all with magnificent views. Sumahan on The Water Hotel is located just outside Cengelkoy.