Glass Museum

History books tell about the fact that the glass was first found in Antakya in the Mediterranean region and then in the north of Syria, Beirut, Sayda costs as a result of coincidence. This luminous substance, which was found about 5000 years ago, has entered into many forms in the hands of the human being.

Glasses manufactured in and around Antakya have been dispatched to many parts of Anatolia and other countries since thousands of years. Various forms of jars (Katremis) used to store liquid and dry food in and around Antakya, bottles, demijohns (elves), martaban, yoghurt cups, glass plates, etc were produced by melting and reshaping old glasses. The broken old glass containers and window glass were used to reproduce bottles and jars by the glass masters.

 

Until 1940s, such production activities works were mostly conducted by mobile workshops. Traveller glass masters would have made new glass objects by melting broken glass they had gathered from Antakya and the surrounding villages in the workshops and glass quarries that they built in suitable locations of Antakya.

 

After 1940s, glass production became an important industrial branch for Antakya, and many new environment friendly enterprises were established, to constitute a living source for many families.

The green glass produced here has reached to many parts of Turkey and has been found in kitchens and cellars of many houses.

 

First stationary glass workshop in Antakya was founded by Asaf ASFUROĞLU in the 1940s. Antakya glass tradition dated back to thousands of years ended with the closing of last factory and the green Antakya glass samples are exhibited in “Antakya Glass Museum”, a 140 years of Antakya house, as it is not likely to reproduce or survive the tradition of green glass.

Trying to survive this tradition in his antique glass house Şadi ASFUROĞLU produces reproductions of tear bottle, fragrance bottles and medicine, poison storage containers, liquid storage containers, glass bracelets and rings and glass coins from the period of Roman, Byzantine and Phoenician through blowing and relief glass methods.

The Museum operates in a 140-year old Antakya House. It is available for visiting every day of the week. Here, “green glass” works are displayed, which are peculiar to Hatay.