on May 6, 2013
Unfortunately we had a wet day on our Antalya trip, and while our travelling companion took the moment to have a lie in, we wanderlusts went around old town Antalya desperately looking for something indoors to do. We fortuitously found the Suna and Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum just as a thunderstorm echoed around us, and despite our "enforced" entry, we actually enjoyed the hour or so we spent wandering around. The museum is in the old town area of Antalya, Kaleici.The first exhibit is a refurbished church; a note inside tells us that the church was a present between family members. I'm not quite sure what my beloved would do if I had told her I had bought a church for her! However, this particular church is put to good use as it houses a number of ceramic items and is a lovely restored building. We ricked life and limb to use the outdoor staircase with its metal railing to enter the little additional exhibition upstairs. We were fascinated by some photos that an early photographer took of various tradesmen and hawkers in Antalya and the pottery models that have subsequently been produced from them. While I wouldn't like to take one home, they did show the lives of people long gone. We also looked at pottery from local artisans and enjoyed the almost Chinese style dogs on display. In the main house, we wandered upstairs to find some mocked up displays of rooms for a family planning a wedding. The bride and her attendants and the groom having a ceremonial shave were on display, created to show off the fantastic silk outfits prepared and made for these specific circumstances. Overall we enjoyed our little visit to the museum; with about 4 display areas the place isn't huge or over facing but we thought the exhibits were perfectly formed and there was enough written information about them to allow us to understand what it was we were looking at. I'd say the museum is well worth an hour of anyone's time.
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