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THE HOTEL

THE HOTEL

The story of The Museum Hotel Antakya is as epic as any ancient text and as intriguing as any contemporary classic. Comprising 2,300 years of history – and counting – it rises from the dust of yesteryear to breathe new life into humanity's past, present and future.

When the Asfuroğlu family broke ground for a new hotel in Antakya (ancient Antioch), little did they know what they would find or how it would change the region forever.
Turning to Antakya Municipality, Hatay Archaeology Museum  Conservation Council for Cultural and Natural Assets, they commenced what would become a 10-year project to bring the past to life...

The Asfuroğlu Family, who laid the foundations for a new hotel, was not aware of the awaiting miracle and its infinite impacts on the region. The discovery of historical artifacts while laying the foundation set them on a 10- year journey that would bring the past to life.

The initial discoveries were of such interest that the protection committee authorised the excavation of 29 wells, by hand as part of a preliminary 2-month investigation into the site. And as the land began to reveal its treasures, the excavation was expanded to the entire 17.132 m2 area: the first systematic excavation in Turkey since the 1930s.

Following preliminary research, it was decided to drill in 29 spots. As the treasures on the hotel grounds were revealed, the excavation area was expanded to 17,312 square meters, making it one of Turkey's greatest systematic excavation sites since 1930.

From July 2010 to the end of July 2011, 35 archaeologists, 120 workers, and five restorer-architects worked continuously to make one of the most amazing discoveries of the twenty-first century.

The excavation findings surpassed everyone’s expectations but also brought many hurdles
 The national and international search began for a visionary designer to create a structure that preserved the artefacts below while creating a luxury hotel above.  That visionary was Turkey’s award-winning architect, EAA-Emre Arolat Mimarlık.

The search for a visionary (and, of course, dreamer) architect to design a modern hotel capable of protecting the underground treasures began on a national and international scale. Emre Arolat, owner of Turkey's award-winning architectural firm, EAA Architecture, was the sought-after visionary.

The installation of the 66 columns on which the building, which needed to be constructed with the utmost care, when built cost more than four times the initial price due to the precious treasures, but it was decided that it was worth it to preserve thousands of years of history.

By July 2012, 312 pieces of precast reinforced concrete wall had been installed, insulated and filled around the site and the building’s construction work could begin. Over the coming years, 20.000 tons of structural steel – four times more than the Eiffel Tower – were hand-welded in a specialist factory near Istanbul.

Due to the priceless artefacts, the installation of the 66 columns from which the structure will rise, which will be performed with the utmost care, will cost more than four times the initial price, but it was deemed worthy in order to preserve centuries of history.

With the priceless treasures dictating the painstaking placement of the 66 supporting columns, construction costs soon swelled to more than four times their original estimate but still the team pressed on…
After more than 3000 days and 6 million man-hours, The Museum Hotel Antakya became the world’s first modern revival of an ancient heritage site
an extraordinary intersection of experiences where visitors can travel through time and feel the energy of history while adding their own new layer to the story of civilisation.

Construction started in July 2011. The project required around 20,000 tons of structural steel and 3,000 tons of rebar, with steel construction accounting for 90% of the total. The architect Emre Arolat described the Museum Hotel Antakya, which has 3 times the amount of steel used in the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as "a structure attached to the archaeological site."

From its 300 BC wall, 30.000 artefacts world’s largest floor mosaic, Roman baths and breathtaking 2nd century Pegasus depiction to the city’s largest wellbeing hub, first ballroom and five world-class dining venues, this is the story of humanity: past, present and future.

The Museum Hotel Antakya opened its doors as a modern masterpiece that brings a history to life after about 3,000 days and 6 million hours of work. This place has turned into a miracle that offers its visitors remarkable sensations, allowing them to travel across centuries while feeling the energy of the past on the one hand and adding their own stories to the layers of civilization on the other.

The site is home to approximately thirty thousand artefacts, the largest single-piece floor mosaic in the world, a Roman bath, and a wall that was built in the third century B.C.

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