Antakya Archaeology Museum

Hatay (Antioch) Archaeology Museum has the second biggest Roman and Byzantine mosaic and the third biggest coin collection in the world. The mosaics were recovered from Antioch (Antakya), the garden suburb of Daphne (now called Harbiye), from Roman Mediterranean seaside villas, and from Tarsus by archeological teams from Princeton University in the early decades of the 20th century. The museum opened to the public in 1948.

The artistry of the mosaics is amazing: when you look close, what you see is little bits of colored stone. But if you look from the optimal distance, you see distinct images with subtle colors.

In addition to the spectacular mosaic collection, the museum also displays many important artifacts discovered in Antioch and its surrounding regions. These include column capitals, a sacrificial altar, idols, reliefs, grave steles, pottery objects, frescoes, jewelry, and statues from the Hittite to the Byzantine periods. Several halls are dedicated to other aspects of Roman and Byzantine culture, with exhibits of marble sarcophagi, coins, pots, tools, glassware, and statuary.