The Museum of Great Palace Mosaics

Located behind the Blue Mosque on Torun Sokak just off the Arasta Bazaar, the of Palace Mosaics is considered one of the best museums in Istanbul.  The welcomes about 100,000 tourists annually. While archaeologists from the of Ankara and the of St Andrews (Scotland) excavated around the Arasta Bazaar in the 1930s and 1950s, they uncovered the hidden mosaics and remnants of the Byzantium palaces dated to Late Antiquity (AD 450-550). Despite not being as colourful as the Hagia Sophia mosaics since people walked on them for centuries, nor as glorious as the ones in the Cholera Museum which were created almost eight Centuries later, the Mosaics in the Museum of Palace Mosaics are magnificent in their own right. This is so much that the area was established as the Museum of Palace Mosaics in 1997. The museum contains no religious themes in the mosaics. Instead, daily life, nature and mythology are examined. One can see artistic images of  hunting scenes, mythical beasts, and fantastic objects such as apple eating bears, a lion attacking an elephant, goose herding children, a milking a goat and a child feeding his donkey among others.

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Arasta Çarşısı (Bazaar), Fatih, İstanbul
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Visiting Hours: Summer Schedule (15.04 - 25.10) 09.00 - 19.00 Winter Schedule (25.10 - 15.04) 09.00 - 17.00