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Research Institute on Mediterranean Civilizations

Research Institute on Mediterranean Civilizations

Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Institute on Mediterranean Civilizations was founded after the restoration of two old buildings between 1993 and 1995 located on a city block in Antalya – Kaleiçi, entirely put under protection as an Archeological and Urban Site, and opened its doors to the service of the worlds of science, culture and arts. Later, it was turned into a large complex when an adjacent old mansion of historical value was restored and put into service in 1999.

The institute is an international cultural institution within Vehbi Koç Foundation aimed to support scientific studies and researches for researching, documenting, maintaining, restoring the historical, archeological, ethnographic and cultural assets of primarily Antalya and its surroundings, and interpreting its relations with all the Mediterranean shores. Its main purposes also include contributing to science, culture and arts as an institute living with cultural and artistic events.

The complex is composed of three independent structures. The first structure used as a library is a late example in "L" form of a two-story traditional Turkish Mansion with an exterior sofa. This mansion, which was mostly in ruins, was later renovated and restored in accordance with the traditional Kaleiçi architecture and following the requirements of contemporary library architecture. The upper floor of the structure was reserved for periodicals and rare books section and study rooms; while the ground floor includes main libraries, the office and a cafeteria. The upper floor of the two-story structure complex that was later added serves as an exhibition hall and the ground floor as a conference room.

The institute's ever-richening rare publications collection, its library built in accordance with the requests of the researchers for the Sciences of Antiquity related primarily to the targeted geography, document, photography and reversal film archives are provided for the use of local and foreign researches; and cultural activities are organized within the framework of annual programs such as concerts, conferences, panels, seminars and archeology movie shows. The institute also fulfills another cultural service through its own publications, sharing the voice of the researchers related especially to the Antalya Region and Anatolia's Mediterranean through its annual journal "Adalya"; and the latest excavation and surface research results through ANMED and various scientific monographic series. The institute grants scholarships to undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students, and provides support for excavation, restoration and surface research projects and scientific studies.

Suna - İnan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum

The two buildings situated in Antalya's old center Kaleiçi, which are certified as cultural assets to be conserved, were acquired by Suna & İnan Kıraç; and after a meticulous restoration, they were opened to visit in 1996 with the "special museum" status, under the name of Kaleiçi Museum, in order to document the traditional architecture and folk cultural elements and to present them to the next generations in a correct way.

The Museum's first building, consisting of two separate structures, is a two-story example of a typical 19th century Antalya mansion. The visitors that go upstairs in the mansion find themselves in a scene from the Anatolian culture such as the coffee treat, groom's shave, henna night, complemented by the city's old photos, nostalgic reflections from the "mirror of past times" and effects.

The other building of the Museum is the Agios Georgios Church dating from 1863. The structure, which was put into the service of culture as an exhibition hall after a two-year restoration, exposes the museum's rich Çanakkale Ceramics collection in its main room, while the upper floor has short-term thematic exhibitions connected with the local cultures.