After I finished visiting the historic structures from the Ottoman and Selçuk eras in Konya, I visited two of the museums in town. First was the Konya Arkeoloji Müzesi (archaeology museum). I walked through the courtyard before going inside to see some sarcophagi.
The museum doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the inside contains some of the most ornate and incredible ancient Greek and Roman sarcophagi that I have ever seen. The sarcophagi in the courtyard don’t compare to what I saw in the building. They are as equally impressive as the ones located in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.
Each sarcophagus has figures beautifully carved out of marble. It’s great to pay attention to the fine details of these ancient works.
I also saw a few other interesting artifacts, such as an ash box and the skeleton of a baby. The Prehistoric, Iron Age, and Byzantine era were also represented, among others.
My final stop of the day was another museum a short five minute walk away. The Konya Etnoğrafya Müzesi (ethnography museum) is located in a sort of uninviting building. It must not get many visitors at all, probably because it’s off the beaten path. It looked closed but once inside, the staff turned on all the lights for me. Was it worth seeking out? Not really, but there were a few interesting pieces inside that gave clues to what traditional life was like in Konya.