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Mosaic Museum

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Address: Torun Sok., Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 518 1205
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The state of preservation may not be as good as some others and the colours may be more faded but it is clear as soon as you seen them that these mosaics are of the highest... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The state of preservation may not be as good as some others and the colours may be more faded but it is clear as soon as you seen them that these mosaics are of the highest quality - which is what you would expect of one of the few remaining bits of Emperor Constantine's Great Palace. One or two of... More 

Thank JJHDerbyshire
Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you find the museum, you will be rewarded with a splendid collection of mosaics, most in situ. These are the only surviving remains of the great Palace of Boukoleon which was abandoned after the Greeks recaptured the city in 1261 and transferred to the Palace of Blachernae. The mosaics date from ca 450-55- ce, and show scenes of everyday... More 

Thank Rod F
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The mosaics, the bulk of which are in a single well-laid-out ground piece, are amazing - such detail! So much has survived, it's wonderful. However, they are not being that well kept. There is a panel near the end of the exhibit showing how dusty they were before restoration, and how bright the colours are post-restoration. Sad to say, they... More 

Thank snowythepyro
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

They won't have any museum passes in stock and they can't even give change if you want a single ticket, so wait until you've got a pass. The mosaics are no match for the ones in Madaba but some are very good and the layout across the floor of 3 rooms gives a feel for how the old palace would... More 

Thank mrdom
Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

These floor mosaics are some of the last remaining traces of the imperial palace of Constantine, the founder of Constantinople. They have now been reassembled in this small museum, which offers around 250 square metres worth of mosaic floor tiles, which are mostly viewed from above. There are many fine scenes, including two boys on a camel, two men fighting... More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Even though the museum is in the city center, it's not easy to find since it's locations is a bit hidden and discrete. But once you get there, you'll admire the beautiful and historical mosaics. The museum isn't that big but there are plenty of inspiring and well-protected mosaics. And the best thing about them is that they are ancient... More 

Thank Erge D
Fukaya, Japan
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

This museum is very small but it's very worth visiting for you can enjoy seeing the mosaics describing the lives of Byzantine era. Not crowded at all, so you can see mosaics to your heart's content. The museum shop was closed, I couldn't buy any souvenirs. I got some at the museum shop of Topkapi Palace instead. It's easy to... More 

Thank ワンケディ
Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Worth to go if you have Museum card for Bysantine empire lovers. there is exhibition of mosaics from former King palaces which were located where the Blue mosque stands now. take you 1/2-1 hour.

1 Thank Metelesku2
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

if you are going to blue mosque from Hagia Sofia Museum then take left to Arasta bazaar .... and will find in middle of bazaar...its free if you will use museum card that you can buy 85TL....it nyc ...The museum houses mosaics from the Byzantine period, unearthed at the site of the Great Palace of Constantinople.

Thank waleed_raj
Hyderabad, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

My partner was initially not too inclined to visit this musuem considering the numerous sights to visit in the available time. But I'm glad I dragged him in, there are HUGE mosaics, painstakingly re-created using the pieces salvaged from the ruins. So they are effectively giant jigsaw puzzles! It is displayed in a very unique manner to help us visualise... More 

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