The Great Palace Mosaic Museum

Every day except Monday 09.30-17.00 The Great Palace Museum is located to the south of the Blue Mosque inside the Arasta Bazaar, which was the külliye of the mosque. The museum was constructed in order to include mosaic flooring that remained in partially good condition on the northeastern side of the arcaded courtyard of the Great Palace of the Byzantine Empire. The Mosaics of the Great Palace dated between 450 and 550 A.D. They were processed with a unique mastery. Religious issues are not depicted in the mosaics. Instead, the subjects are taken from daily life and nature. These include a gryphon eating a lizard, an elephant struggling with a lion, a mare suckling a colt, children herding geese, a man milking a goat, a child feeding his donkey, a young girl carrying a pitcher, bears eating apples, and a hunter hunting a tiger. The Great Palace Mosaic Museum was opened in 1953, affiliated with the Museum of Archaeology. It was later affiliated with the Museum of Hagia Sophia in 1979. In 1997, the project prepared within the framework of a protocol between the Ministry of Culture, the General Directorship of Museums and Monuments, and the Academy of Science of Austria in studies for the restoration and conservation of mosaics was completed.

Arasta Çarşısı Sultanahmet
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