They found the world’s largest intact mosaic at the site of a Turkish hotel – where it’s now an amazing feature

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It’s typical for luxury hotels to brag about their amenities – a swimming pool, gym, terrace with 360° views, but it’s rare indeed to brag about the 9,000 square foot Alexandrian mosaic dating from 2,300 years ago.

Fittingly, Museum Hotel Antakya worked closely with archaeologists to build a luxury hotel around the world’s largest intact mosaic floor, discovered after a cooperative purchased a property for development in 2009.

Necmi Asfuroglu and his family, who together operate the Asfuroglu Group, decided to build a 5-star hotel in the city of Antakya in a 3rd degree protected area, which basically meant that even if it was not clear, it there was something of scientific importance. below, an archaeological survey was necessary because of the age of the property.

In another language, in another era, Antakya was classical Antioch, located in one of the successor kingdoms that arose following the death of Alexander the Great. Founded by Seleucus, who would lend his name to the Seleucid dynasty, Antioch was a trading center that passed into the hands of Byzantium, and on the complicated change of hands that characterized the lands known as Turkey today.

The ensuing investigation was one of the most systematic ever carried out in Antakya, according to Sabinha Asfuroglu, and involved 120 workers, 35 archaeologists and 5 restoration architects, working for a year with the collaboration of several universities.

“Now our site is a kind of archaeological park, showing the traces of 13 different civilizations in five different layers during a period starting in the 3rd century BC until the present day,” said Arkeolog Can Okkali, architect of catering and project manager.

Multiple floating pavements connect the different rooms and floors, under which extends a vast mosaic tiny stones representing animals, astrological symbols, classical scenes and multiple geometric and swirling patterns.

A perfectly intact marble sculpture of Eros has been found, near what the museum calls the Pegasus Mosaic. Composed of 162 different tones of colored pebbles, this totally intact work depicts Hesiod receiving his poetic inspiration from the Queen of the Muses, Calliope.

As Okkali said in a video ad for the hotel, many different civilizations have left their mark on the site, which is theorized to be a large public building— including the Romans who built a series of baths.

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