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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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  • The Mosaic Museum is found by turning off from the middle of the Arasta bazaar behind the Blue Mosque. Below the current level of the ground there are a group of large mosaics of incredible quality th...  more »
  • Located just below the Blue Mosque situated in the Arasta mosaic Museum is a must-see Museum. Here, places such as for the period of the Byzantine Empire and builds up a wall.
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  • Small museum that is easy to get to from the Blue Mosque and the museum card is accepted. Beautiful and intricate mosaics on display and it does not take long for you to complete the museum. 
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  • Our visitors will glad to see there . There are Topkapi Museum and Sultan Ahmet mosque near Ayasofya . There ara a lot of restaurant nearly . We are concularation all visitors.
  • For $40 Liras a person you get to witness some amazing architecture. Was the largest cathedral in the world when it was built. Inside many of the mosaics are covered up by plaster but you can still see a few. Give yourself at least 2 hours to walk around and enjoy. Audio guide is $30 Liras
  • A place full of history; you can see a mixture of Greec, Roman and Ottoman arcitectures in one huge structure. You can count around 2 hours for a complete visit Paying entrance, cash (15€) or with Museum Pass (much better option=30€ for all museums during 5 days) Easy access for strollers and wheelchairs. If you are interested in detailed history, audio guides can help you (~6€)
  • Massive, grand and spectacular. No other way to describe this place. Spectacular views, more so in the evening times when the whole place is lighted up. Place of worship. Must visit if in Istanbul. Well connected by trams. Located opposite to the Blue mosque. Entry fee applicable.
  • Beautiful museum. Don't miss the Viking graffiti on the upper level, it's something fun to look at. Regrettably, the scaffolding obscures a large section on the left, and is an eyesore. Beautiful mosaics on the upper level. If you want a guide you'll find plenty hanging around outside who'll probably speak your language.