Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep

The Zeugma Museum in Gaziantep was built specifically to house a large collection of absolutely stunning mosaics rescued from the site of Zeugma, a town on the bank of the Euphrates, said to have been founded by some of Alexander the Great’s Generals.

The site came to prominence after some of the artifacts began appearing in various museum in the 1990s. The site, and its mosaics, were due to be lost forever to the Euphrates due a new dam building project, so excavations at the site became more urgent and more systematic.

The new purpose built museum opened in 2011.

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Basically, you walk in and from then on it’s just one absolute  stunner after another. Here are some of them.

Oceanus and Thetys

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Acratos and Euprocyne

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Painted frescos

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Euphrates (from The River Gods mosaic)

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Dionysos Portrait

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Eros and Psykhe

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Metiochus and Parthenope

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The birth of Venus

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Border

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Dionysos, Telete and Satyros

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Details from The Dionysos Mosaic

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Geometric Mosaic

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The Gipsy Girl Mosaic

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The owners of this villa are so posh they even have mosaics in their toilet!

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Zeugma Mosaic Museum

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2 thoughts on “Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep

  1. Pingback: 11 Questions to a Museum Blogger on (the day after the day after) Museum Blog Day | moose and hobbes

  2. I have lots more pictures of mosaics from the Zeugma Museum, so if you’re looking for something in particular, leave me a message and I’ll see if I’ve got an image of it.
    TTFN

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