- 2019-02-09 09:45 AM
– Inan kiric Sona and Anan Keric purchased two historic buildings which were registered as part of the Antalya cultural heritage and were renovated between 1993-1995. They then converted them into museums to showcase their collections. One building is a traditional Turkish house with a part of the garden running under the house. This is called Tashlik and in the past it was considered essential for every home. This is because the summers in Antalya are hot and winters are very mild, so the main priority is to avoid the heat and take advantage of the sea breeze. The Altashlik floor is paved with concerns enumerated mosaics which helps to keep the floor hydrated throughout the day and enables people to relax in the garden and talk without much discomfort from the heat. The high walls and trees surrounding the garden also provide shade. The ground floor of the house was built with bricks and the upper half of wood, and again with comfort in mind where the bedrooms remain colder with wooden walls. The kitchen, laundry room, storage rooms, cellar, and barns are located on the ground floor. The Mashrabiya (flat windows) on the top floor overlook the street and the garden, which are decorated with divas. The woman used to wait for her guests by sitting on the Mashrabiya, so many conversations were located with passers-by. The living or the couch is a semi-covered area at the top of the stairs furnished with benches and a washbasin. This would be the main focus of the family production activity, which brings people together. The private rooms on the top floor were all open on this area. There are some ornaments and pictures displayed in the basement as well as exhibits of Canakkale ceramics and Kütahya ceramics. The three rooms on the upper floor show scenes of middle life in the second half of the 19th century, which include serving guests with coffee, groom's shave and henna night, all of which are still prevalent in modern Turkish culture. On the top floor is a gallery of ethnography, which shows the life span of the second half of the 19th century as important events such as the tools for coffee, the bride on the night of henna and shaving for the groom on the day of his wedding. There is also a book shop in the museum. The other building is a former Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George. It is called the Turkish language Aya Yorgi as well as it was renovated to show some cultural objects the museum is open every day except Wednesday 9:00 to 12:00/13:00 until 18:00 hours. For more information please visit the museum's official website.