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Mosaic Museum, Istanbul

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Admire the restored mosaics from the Byzantine era on display at Mosaic Museum, located underneath the city's popular bazaar. Created by roofing over the ruins of the Great Palace, the museum offers insight into the daily lives and social classes of the citizens from the Byzantine era through the stories told by the mosaics. The surviving mosaics capture 90 different themes that are populated by over 150 human and animal figures, depicting scenes like children playing, animals grazing, mythical creatures and tales, and daily activities. Some of the mosaics were used to decorate the pavement of a peristyle, or columned, courtyard, discovered during the excavations. Feel free to touch many of the exhibits as you read about how much time, effort, and money went into creating and preserving them upon their discovery. Note that the museum can be difficult to find, as it is surrounded by a shops on an nondescript street, so ask for directions from a local or watch for signs. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Mosaic Museum and many more Istanbul attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Istanbul trip builder.
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  •  Behind the Blue Mosque, in the middle of Alastor Bazaar so signs, bent, there is entrance soon. Away little streets of the Bazaar is the exit. Visit the cool top-down large mosaics on the basement floor. It was about 20 minutes, but enjoyed a realistic picture of the ancient.
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  • These floor mosaics are some of the last remaining traces of the imperial palace of Constantine, the founder of Constantinople. They have now been reassembled in this small museum, which offers around...  more »
  • Even though the museum is in the city center, it's not easy to find since it's locations is a bit hidden and discrete. But once you get there, you'll admire the beautiful and historical mosaics. The m...  more »