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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. A visit to Mosaic Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Istanbul trip planning website to plot your vacation.
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  • July 29, 2017
    The Museum can be used as a starting point inspection before going to the St. Sophia, there can theoretically buy a historical map, on which further into St. Sofia you can pass without a queue. But at the time of our visit to the Museum of maps are not proved, and accepted only cash. Had to go buy a card at Saint Sophia, and then come back here. The impression is very mixed. On the one hand, it is good that at least something from the decoration of the Grand Imperial Palace left. By the way, the Museum is located on the site of the former Palace, about the place of the transition from the Palace to the hyppodrome. Some mosaics did not even move. On the other hand, the preservation of the mosaics is horrible. Backlight no really destroyed huge chunks, all dusty. In particular, contrast is strong after a visit to the Naples Archaeological Museum and mosaics of Pompeii-as they are exhibited there and here. Yes and no in this museum conditioners. If the topic of Byzantine culture are not much interested in, you can skip the Museum. But I recommend that you take a walk along the street leading to the Museum-shops are located directly beneath the arches, supported the hyppodrome. When buying souvenirs you can go inside and look at the polutoratysjacheletnjuju masonry.
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  • July 23, 2017
    When you follow the signs for Mosaic Museum in Sultanahmet Square mini through a bazaar, a very impressive falls your way with non-entry have to be incurred, you add to your list. merakılısıysanız archaeology and mosaics of Antioch and gaziantep mosaic Museum you can see the best places
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  • July 20, 2017
    If you want to try to find all hidden features and monuments from Constantinople, this museum is excellent to start this journey. Mosaics are beautiful, outstanding, gorgeous, impossible not to admire...  more »

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