Even better, the collection is displayed in exemplary fashion, making Turkey's rich (and rather complicated) history easy to understand.
The large archaeological section offers displays from the Bronze Age to Byzantium, with a particular emphasis on ruins in the nearby area.
The main square (Kale Kapısı) has a fortress gate and stone-clad clock tower, while the 18th-century Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque is worth a look just for its stunning interior tile work.
Along Hesapçı Sokak, you'll find the graceful Kesik Minare (truncated minaret).
These days almost any construction plan gives rise to environmental, economic, and other concerns.