17th Istanbul Biennial Parallel Event 

At the Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews

As a parallel event to the 17th Istanbul Biennial, the Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews brings together archeology and history professionals and enthusiasts with an exhibition that sheds light on the 2600-year history of Jewish existence in the Anatolian Lands in the light of the information obtained from the archaeological excavations in our country. The exhibition, which was opened for a short time at the Zülfaris Synagogue last year, will be reopened at the Neve Şalom Cultural Center, located on the lower floor of our museum, upon popular demand. 

The exhibition reveals the past of the Jews in the geography in question with the financial support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Istanbul and the Turkey Representative of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Association, in collaboration with architect Çiğdem Öner, the heads of the ongoing archaeological excavations in Anatolia, and academics.

Jews came to Anatolia and Thrace lands 2600 years ago especially to trade and settled in ancient cities. Archaeological excavations present concrete findings such as tombstones, inscriptions, objects and synagogue ruins that prove the Jewish presence in this geography. 

The concrete Jewish findings revealed by the exhibition are exhibited according to the regions and together with the Side Synagogue that was discovered recently, all kinds of detailed information about the synagogues of Andriake, Sardes, Priene, Limyra and Miletos, three-dimensional restitution proposals of the buildings and models of some buildings will be displayed to the audience.

The excavation heads of the mentioned archaeological sites supported the restitution studies of the synagogue buildings with their feedback. In the exhibition, where a model of the Sardes Synagogue will also take place, it will also be possible to watch the film produced by Ariel Goldenberg, which portrays a brief summary of the exhibition.

The "Jewish Identity Engraved on Stones" exhibition, which is an invitation to further research and highlighting the Jewish presence in Anatolia, will offer an interesting perspective especially to archeology and history professionals as well as enthusiasts.

In addition, the book titled "Jewish Identity Engraved on Stones", which consists of all the details of the exhibition and the scientific writings of the excavation heads, can be obtained from the museum shop. During the exhibition, the preparations for an archaeological/historical tour including the coasts of the Aegean Region are being made by the Museum of Turkish Jews.

The exhibition can be visited during the opening hours of the museum until the end of November.