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The Istanbul Archaeological Museums Complex consists of the Classical Building of the Archaeological Museum, the Tiled Pavilion, and the Museum of Ancient Oriental Works, all facing the same courtyard.

The building used as the Museum of Ancient Oriental Works was built in 1883 as the School of Sanayi-i Nefise by architect Alexander Vallaury. The building, which had served as the first fine arts school of the Ottoman Empire, is now used as the Museum of Ancient Oriental Works and contains artifacts from Anatolia and Mesopotamia as well as pre-Islamic Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.

The Tiled Pavilion was commissioned in 1472 by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. Built in the Persian architectural style with a four-suite divanhane type plan scheme, the building served as the Museum-i Hümayun between 1875-1891. Turkish and Islamic works have been exhibited in the building since 1953. The pavilion has a nearly square plan with dimensions of 33 x 30.5 meters. The two-floor building can be seen as a single-floor building from the entrance façade from the Archaeological Museums Classical Building side and as a two-floor one from the direction of Gülhane Park.

The renovation of the Archaeological Museums Classical Building was previously carried out in three phases between 2011 and 2022, but no restoration work was carried out on the north wing of the Classical Building. Within the scope of the restoration work that has recently started, the restoration and display organization of the North Wing of the Classic Building, the Museum of Ancient Oriental Art and the Tiled Pavilion will be carried out.

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