Turkey’s first museum for olive oil, Adatepe Olive Oil Museum welcomes some 50,000 visitors a year, according to a report published by Hurriyet Daily News.
Located in the Cannakkale province in the north-west, the museum charts the history of this Mediterranean staple and displays some 200 olive-oil based products.
Olive oil based soaps and cosmetics are sold in the museum’s gift shop in homage to the building’s original purpose, a soap shop.
“The olive tree has a long history. The last excavations on the Greek island of Santorini revealed the remains of olive trees dating back 39,000 years. It is said that the olive tree originated from Anatolia and spread to the world. Once the Italians and the Romans found it, they took it to their home country and the olive tree spread throughout the Mediterranean,” museum guide Mehmet Karacam told Hurriyet Daily News.