ISTANBUL MOSAIC MUSEUM

IN SULTANAHMET AREA

The mosaic museum is located behind the Blue Mosque, across Hagia Sophia, and by the Arasta Bazaar. The museum is originally was a Roman palace (Bukaleon Palace) or the great palace of Constantinople dating to the 6th century, built by one of the Roman / Byzantine emperors Emperor Justinian. It had been unknown where the Bukaleon palace was until 1953. After a couple of excavations, they reached the palace mosaics.

The mosaics date back to the late antiquity period up to the late Byzantine. The ancient masters described the hunting scenes, animals such as; lions, deers, sheep, horses. The mosaics also give us some details of the routine life, palace life. The Mosaic Museum is open every day.

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