The Ottoman empire occupied the lands of so many ancient civilizations. And then they gave permission to western european archeological teams to ship it all off to London, Berlin, Paris etc. Perhaps it was for the best. The Museum in Istanbul while not having the master pieces of the Elgin marbles, or the Pergamon frieze is a fantastic museum. Perhaps my favorite thing is Bes, half god of inexhaustible power and strength. You have to see him in person.
Photographed April 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.