Supported by DOĞAKA and managed by Hatay Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, “Process of Our Agricultural Heritage Throughout the History Thematic Museum” was opened on 29th of December 2015. In the Agriculture Museum, agricultural materials, used today and in the past, are displayed.
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.
The “Hatay Kitchen Museum” project, which will be established with the restoration of old Antakya houses by the Antakya Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 26th of January 2016, will be completed in November 2017.
Aiming to preserve the historic and rich kitchen culture of Hatay and to bring light to a part of the region’s history through scientific studies, kitchen equipment used today and in the past will be displayed in Hatay Kitchen Museum.
Besides its historical and cultural richness, Hatay, the city of tolerance, occupies an important position with its natural beauties as well. Around 3300 of the 10000 plant species in our country, and around 300 of more than 2000 species in Hatay consist of endemic plant species.
The building that hosts the first Medical and Aromatic Plants Museum ever Turkey, which was opened to visits in 2012 after the restoration works were completed in order to introduce some of the medical and aromatic plants detected in Hatay, is a 2-story old Antakya House that was built in the 19th century. 280 medical and aromatic plant species were presented to the local people.
New Hatay Archeology Museum, where Hatay’s structure that bore witness to different cultures throughout the first ages until the medieval age is preserved, researched, interpreted, presented to people’s attention and admiration, including every requirement of the new museology understanding, is one of the very few archeology museums in the world that possesses all characteristics of a cultural institution.