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World’s largest Mosaic Museum to open in Turkey

Turkey’s south eastern city Gaziantep is going to welcome world’s largest mosaic museum next year.

World’s current largest mosaic museum in Tunis will be second largest next year after the opening of Gaziantep Zeugma Museum.

The 10th edition of the culture tourism symposiums organized by Association of Turkish Travel Agencies – TURSAB – is organized in Gaziantep last weekend. The symposium, which highlighted the regional values in and around Gaziantep, is attended by TURSAB Culture Tourism Committee President Faruk Pekin, Advisor of TURSAB President; archaeologist Prof Dr. Refik Duru, journalist Coþkun Aral, economist Mustafa Sönmez, Gaziantep Culture and Tourism Director Salih Etiloglu and TURSAB Regional Executive Board Chairman Fikret Murat Tural as speakers.

After the symposium, tours organized to present region’s cultural sites and artifacts to the travel professionals and travel agencies’ representatives that attend the symposium.

Famous Gypsy Girl will be exhibited with other mosaics at the Gaziantep Zeugma Museum that will open next year.

The Gypsy Girl (Menad) Mosaic

This mosaic was found in dining room of the house of Gypsy Girl (Menad). The figure became the symbol of Zeugma because of the mysterious look she had in her eyes. When it could not be identified it got named “Gypsy” because of the women’s resemblance with gypsies. But some sources draw attention to the wine in the mosaic and claim that it is Menad .

The mosaic is uncovered in the salvage excavations in October of 1998 at Zeugma.

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