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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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  • For lovers of the Byzantine Empire when visiting Istanbul, highly recommend a peek at the great Palace Mosaic Museum (Byzantine, from which almost nothing left). Here in several halls restored part of the mosaic of the corridors of the Palace. Very awesome ... And impressive as the mosaic and patience of archaeologists who all is restored. Search google maps, use the Turkish name Büyük Saray Mozaikleri Müzesi, but what if you simply write in Russian mosaic Museum shows Ayia Sofia. The Museum is open every day from 9:00 to 16:30, ticket price 15 TL (or free on Museum map).
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  • A tiny but very atmospheric mosaics Museum is located close to the Blue Mosque, the entrance to it-between shops of a small market. Despite its modest dimensions, leaves a huge impression. In several rooms on two levels represented recovered fragments of the floor mosaics operating here centuries ago Palace, as well as stands with a detailed description of all the intricacies of the restoration project. Strikes expressiveness and liveliness of the depicted images and paintings, and not worth much effort to present a complete picture of those magnificent interiors, which were once created these panels. Necessary and wonderful piece of Byzantine history of Istanbul!
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  • This is a small museum where the mosaics retrieved from the ruins of the ancient Great Palace are exhibited. The Great Palace was the residence of the Byzantine emperors and was located where the Blue...  more »
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