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Did you know sarcophagus is flesh-eating stone?
Archaeological Museums of Istanbul host a very large collection of sarcophagi. The word derives from Assos stone in which dead bodies decayed faster. That’s why it means (sarcophagus) flesh-eating stone.
Istanbul, Turkey, is indeed home to several archaeological museums with impressive collections of sarcophagi. One of the most famous and prominent museums in Istanbul is the Istanbul Archaeology Museums, which consists of three separate museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Orient, and the Museum of Islamic Art.
The Archaeological Museum in Istanbul houses an extensive collection of sarcophagi from various periods of history, including those from ancient Anatolia, Greece, and Rome. Some of the notable sarcophagi you can find in this museum include:
- Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great: This is one of the most famous sarcophagi in the collection. It is decorated with intricate relief sculptures depicting scenes from the life of Alexander the Great.
- Sarcophagus of the Crying Women (Mourning Women): This sarcophagus is known for its detailed depictions of mourning women and scenes from Greek mythology.
- Sidamara Sarcophagus: It is adorned with intricate carvings showcasing scenes from Greek mythology, including the Labors of Hercules.
- Lycian Sarcophagi: The museum also houses a number of Lycian sarcophagi, known for their distinctive architectural style and intricate carvings.
- Royal Sarcophagi: Some sarcophagi are associated with royalty or important figures from ancient Anatolia and the surrounding regions.
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