Great Palace Mosaic Museum, Istanbul

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    Great Palace Mosaic Museum

    by Dabs Written Jul 18, 2013

    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.

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    Mosaic Museum and Arasta

    by Arkeolog Written Apr 1, 2009

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    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.

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    Mosaic Museum

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 6, 2008

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    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.

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    The Great Palace of the Byzantines

    by midnight_mike Written Jul 23, 2006

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    The royal residence of the Byzantines, known as the Great Palace, was located between Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome. It had been abandoned by the time the Ottomans took over and what remained was demolished. A tiny section of a courtyard floor can be found in the Mosaic Museum.

    Open daily except Tuesdays , 09:30-17:00

    Head of Dyonisus Tiger hunt

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    Great Palace Mosaic Museum

    by toshigiappone Written May 5, 2005

    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.

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    Great Palace Mosaic Museum

    by MalenaN Updated Aug 11, 2004

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    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.

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    The Great Imperial Palace II

    by hadrian Written Oct 18, 2003

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    How could a construction which stretches out 40 ha and has included: 8 interior courts, 7 vestibules, 10 imperial apartments, 5 reception halls and audience halls, 4 churches, 9 chapels, 9 oratorios, 3 dinning halls, a library, a weapon hall, a trophy hall, 2 roman baths, one manege, 3 terraces, 8 private pavilions, 6 jails have looked like?
    In the audience hall, where the ambassadors and the illustrious guests were received, the imperial throne was shadowed by a silver tree with golden leafs and silver and gold birds on its branches and two massive gold lions were sitting at the base of the throne. Here, ingenious mechanisms turn the birds singing and the lions bellowing while the imperial throne was lifted to the ceiling.

    The Great Imperial Palace Complex

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    The Great Imperial Palace I

    by hadrian Written Oct 18, 2003

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    From the opulent construction that at its apogee had no equal in Europe, it remained almost nothing, unfortunately. A part of the galleries of the Golden Hall was discovered in the 30s, nowadays, the Mosaics’ Museum.
    ( follow the street in front of the Blue Mosque called Mimar Mehmet Aga toward Marmara Sea having the mosque on your right side, pass on a kind of a small bazaar on the right side and you will see it. It is open from Tuesday till Sunday, 9.00-16.00, entrance fee it was around 2.000.000 TL in May 2003)

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    Visit the Mosaics Museum.

    by worldkiwi Written Sep 12, 2002

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    The mosaics are stunning. Many have been moved from other sites in a painstaking process. The colours and designs range from the geometric to the fanciful (dragons and griffins). It really is very impressive.

    Inside the mosaics museum.
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    Mosaic Museum

    by stevemt Written Apr 15, 2010

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    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

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    Mosaic Museum

    by Skibbe Written Jun 19, 2008

    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.

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    The Mosaic Museum is a lovely...

    by travelmad478 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    The Mosaic Museum is a lovely place to visit. It's an excavated palace with beautifully restored, enormous mosaics that are incredibly detailed. Here's a photo of a small piece of one.

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