Traditional Antalya House

The “house” of the Museum is a typical two-story Antalya house of the nineteenth century. The Konyaaltı beach were fitted in a special mortar bedding forming floral and geometric motifs, reflecting a centuries-old tradition. Furthermore, keeping the area wet all day long also cooled off the residents. Pebble mosaic floor welcoming the visitors was the area where daily life passed. Pebbles collected from

At the “hayat” (“life”) upstairs visitors will find themselves in Antalya of the nineteenth century through a collection of old photographs, with reflections from the “mirror of olden days” and children playing. A “timeline” here also reflects selected important events from the city’s history.

Three rooms opening onto the “hayat” exhibit the bustle of a wedding in an Antalya house of the nineteenth century. In the first room the guests are served with jam and coffee, while the mother of the bride proudly shows them the trousseau.

The bridegroom is having his “wedding shave” in the second room. The joking conversation between the groom, the barber and the best man is followed by the “Henna Night” in the last room. The attending friends of the bride bring in the henna accompanied by the moving melodies played by Miss Zeynep, the lute player, while the service to the guests continues.

These customs are presented with special authentic effects and can seldom be witnessed in actual life today.

The wooden ceiling with painted decoration is inspired from that of the renowned Tekelioğlu Mansion in Kaleiçi in order to reflect the architectural features and decorative style of the period.