Turkey, Şanlıurfa Archaeological Museum

Şanlıurfa Archaeological Museum reopens one year after the earthquake

The museum complex of the Şanlıurfa Archaeological Museum and the Haleplibahçe Mosaic Museum has reopened one year after the earthquakes that devastated southeastern Turkey, killing more than 53,000 people. The two museums were not directly affected by the violent earthquakes of 6 February 2023, but were severely damaged by severe floods that hit the region a month later in March 2023, leaving several people dead and causing extensive material losses.

The floods, caused by the rise of three major rivers flowing through the city, inundated the lower level of the Şanlıurfa Archaeological Museum – which houses some 10,000 historical and prehistoric artefacts – and the Haleplibahçe Mosaic Museum – forming the largest museum complex in Turkey – and covered several artefacts and Roman-era mosaics with water and mud, which have now been restored.

With its reopening, the Şanlıurfa Archaeology Museum is also exhibiting for the first time 81 new artefacts from the Neolithic period. Opened in 2015, the museum covers an area of 60,000 square metres and displays numerous monoliths and artefacts unearthed from the Göbeklitepe and Karahantepe sites.