Great Palace Mosaics Museum
The Great Palace Mosaics Museum is located beside the Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet, Topkapi Palace garden, Historical Peninsula of Istanbul and contains numerous mosaics taken from the Palace of the Byzantine Emperors.
The history of the Mosaics Museum dates back to Byzantium era. There were numerous Byzantium palaces from Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome to the coast. The mosaics were the most valuable pieces at that era.
This museum, opened to the public in 1953 behind Sultanahmet Mosque, consists of the remains of the Great Palace of the Byzantine Empire built by Constantine the Great (324-337). These remains consists of mosaics, columns and other architectural pieces which had once been part of the Great Palace. They show scenes with human figures, daily life in Byzantium, hunting incidents, landscapes and animal figures.
Open daily between 09:00-16:30 except Mondays