Great Palace Mosaic Museum
Great Palace Mosaic Museum (Arasta Çarşısı, Sultanahmet Mahallesi Fatih İstanbul) — The Museum of Great Palace Mosaics is located in Arasta Bazaar within the Sultanahmet Mosque compound. The museum constituted in such a way that containing the mosaic pavement partially intact in the northeast section of the arcaded yard of the Great Palace of East-Roman period is an organizational unit of Hagia Sophia Museum.
Mosaics exhibited in the Museum of Great Palace Mosaics (which have been dated to AD 450-550) are magnificent in terms of both art and wealth of portrayal scenes. Only a part of the 180 m2 mosaic area (which had been prepared by numerous master artists led by the prominent masters of the day) is revealed. The average dimension of mosaic stones is 5 mm and they consist of limestone, earthenware and colored stones. There are no religious themes in mosaics. Instead, daily life, nature and mythology are examined. Some of these scenes are lizard eating gryphon, elephant and lion fight, lactation of mare, goose herding children, goat milking man, a child feeding his donkey, a young girl carrying a pot, apple eating bears, and fight of hunter and tiger.
Admission: 20 TL per person. Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (April-October), 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (November – March). Open daily except Mondays.