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Mosaic Museum, Istanbul

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In 1933 excavators discovered a series of mosaics below what is now the Arasta Bazaar, identified as the floor of a peristyle courtyard (open court with porticos) of Constantine's Great Palace.

After more mosaics were unearthed in the 1950s, only then did the city fully grasp the scope of the find, and much to the chagrin of the owners of 16 of the shops, a museum was built to enclose the site.

What to See

Although the collection is not as momentous as that of the Chora, this museum is worth an hour of your time, representing an earlier artistic era absent of religious motifs, showing instead hunting scenes and scenes from mythology.

Quick Facts on Mosaic Museum

Site Information
Names:Büyük Saray Mozaik Müzesi; Great Palace Mosaic Museum; Great Palace Mosaic Museum, Istanbul; Mosaic Museum
Feat:Byzantine Mosaics; Roman Mosaics
Dates:c. 540
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates:41.004367° N, 28.977368° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Mosaic Museum

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Article Info

Title:Mosaic Museum, Istanbul
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:09/18/2009
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