Istanbul , which straddles Europe and Asia, is the country's largest city, while Ankara is the capital. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of the country's citizens are ethnic Turks , while the largest minority are Kurds at 20 percent. During the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent , the Ottoman Empire became a global power. Turkey is a regional power and a newly industrialized country —ranking very high in the Human Development Index ; with a geopolitically strategic location.
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It includes 13 exhibition halls and an open air gallery. In addition a further 25,—30, artifacts which cannot be displayed are in storage. At the end of the World War I , during the time when Antalya was under Italian military occupation , Italian archeologists started removing archeological treasures that had been found in the city center and surrounding the Italian Embassy, which they claimed to do in the name of civilization. It was closed to visitors for a wide range of modifications and restorations in It was reorganized according to modern museum concepts and opened to the public in April , after the restorations and display arrangements made by the General Directorate of Ancient Objects and Museums.
The city that is now Antalya was first settled around BC by the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon, which was soon subdued by the Romans. Roman rule saw Antalya thrive, including the construction of several new monuments, such as Hadrian's Gate , and the proliferation of neighboring cities. The city has changed hands several times, including to the Seljuk Sultanate in and an expanding Ottoman Empire in The city was transferred to Italian suzerainty in the aftermath of World War I , but was recaptured by a newly independent Turkey in the War of Independence. Antalya is Turkey's biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera.