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Mosaic Museum, Istanbul

Categories: Ruins, Art Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web
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 is very difficult to not many tourists. The original mosaics were discovered has been restored and is still in a very vivid picture was amazing.
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  • Really bother to visit this museum. Well displayed and freely accessible in terms of crowds. Good reminder about.
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  • It does not take too long to walk through this place, but it is worth it. The mosaics are quite beautiful to look at. You are allowed to take photos as well, but not in the souvenir stands. Seems odd. 
  • While it was a little small, the mosaics were breathtaking in their detail
  • Only 8 TL and absolutely worth it. It was so beautiful I almost started crying. Don`t miss it, it doesn`t take long to do and will be a best life memory if you love art.
  • Included as part of Istanbul Museum Pass, otherwise it's 10 TL. Beautifully intricate and detailed mosaics. Opportunity to view them up close. Good descriptions in English. Worth an hour or two of your time.
  • Mediocre. Some fairly boring mosaics. 10tl. Closed Mondays.
  • Only if there is a small Museum map Museum, especially not impressed, pay separately for the log sorry lucky that was the Museum's map.
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