Istanbul police seize over 70 historical artifacts
ISTANBUL- Anadolu Agency
More than 70 historical artifacts were seized in an operation in Istanbul, a security source said on May 13.
Acting on a tip-off, anti-smuggling teams conducted an operation in an art house on May 12 in Şişli district of the metropolis, the source said on condition of anonymity.
A suspect was arrested and 78 historical artifacts were seized, the source added.
Some of the artifacts belong to the Byzantine, Ottoman, Seljuk and Safavid eras.
An Ottoman-era stained glass and İznik and Çanakkale ceramics, Seljuk earthenware bowls, a bronze work featuring Quranic verses and a helmet belonging to the Safavid period were among the artifacts.