I probably wouldn't have thought to visit this museum except that it was on the Museum Pass and it was very close to everything else we were visiting. I happen to like mosaics a lot so I thought this was a nice stop.
What you will see at this museum is the parts of a mosaic pavement from Byzantine times that was uncovered in the 1950s. The panels on the wall describe the excavation process and what each scene entails. Much of it is hunting scenes with lots of blood.
The Mosque of Sultanahmet I, built 1609- 1616 and popularly known as the Blue Mosque, complex includes a tradesmen bazaar (Arasta)where Turkish handicrafts, tiles, textiles, and carpets and flat-weave floor coverings are sold. Also located here is the Mosaic Museum, whose floor tiles originally paved the Byzantine Great Palace.
This museum was created simply by putting a roof over a part of the Great Palace of the Byzantine Emperors. This part was discovered in the 1930's. In its peak times the palace boasted hundreds of rooms, many of them glittering with mosaics.
The surviving floors show a lively variety of wild and domestic beasts and many hunting scenes.
Now this is open as a mosaic museum, but once it was a part of Great Palace built by Constantine the Great, the second founder of the city in 4th. century. Anyway, during the reign of Justinian the new palace was added to the old one. And probably then, these magnificient mosaics were made.
Well, most of the Byzantine mosaics have Christian aspects, but the mosaics here don't have such aspects. Most of them depict the bucolic imaginary, hunting scenes, and mythological scenes. The picture below is one of their best. It shows two men are carring spear and holding off a tiger.
The mosaics here are part of a pavement from Byzantine era. The pavement, that is about 1500 years old, ledd from the Emperors Palace down to the harbour.
There are hunting motifs, different animals, farmers working on the field, a heardman milking a goat, boys riding a camel and mythological motifs.
There are signs in Turkish, English and German.
Entrence is 4 000 000 TL.
You leave the musem among the souvenir shops on Arasta Street.
This museum was developed when a mosaic pavement from the bysantine palace was discovered during additions to the Blue Mosque.
Its well worth a visit
Uncovered by archeologists in 1935, this was the floor of the Byzantine palace courtyard. It is believed to date back to the time of Justinian in the sixth century. The pictures seem very alive.