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.
Basically, you walk in and from then on it’s just one absolute stunner after another. Here are some of them.
Oceanus and Thetys
Acratos and Euprocyne
Euphrates (from The River Gods mosaic)
Eros and Psykhe
Metiochus and Parthenope
The birth of Venus
Dionysos, Telete and Satyros
Details from The Dionysos Mosaic
The Gipsy Girl Mosaic
The owners of this villa are so posh they even have mosaics in their toilet!
Zeugma Mosaic Museum