Great Palace Mosaics Museum
#64 in Istanbul
The Great Palace Mosaics Museum houses mosaics belonging to the Great Palace of Constantinople and believed to correspond, according to recent analysis, to the time of Emperor Flavius Heraclius Augustus, who ruled the Byzantine Empire from 610 until 641 A.C..
Imagine a collection of giant jigsaw puzzles painted on small stones, depicting the daily life, nature and mythology of the region about 1,500 years ago.
You would be amazed to discover that after so many centuries, many of the mosaics still look vivid and retain their brilliant colors.
Avoid paying the €4 admission fee at the Great Palace Mosaics Museum and skip the ticket queues with Istanbul Tourist Pass.
Hours & schedule
Great Palace Mosaics Museum is open everyday between 9:00AM – 5:00PM & the last admission is 30 minutes before the closing hour.
How to get there?
Take the T1 Tram Line and get off at the Sultanahmet station. The Mosaics Museum is located in the street behind the Blue Mosque.
Please note that this attraction is not accessible with the mobile pass that is e-mailed to you after purchase. You need to use the MuseumPass card to enter to the museum which comes free with your Istanbul Tourist Pass purchase.
You have only one time admission to the fortress with the Museum Pass Istanbul.
People Great Palace Mosaics Museum
"We visited this rather interesting museum dedicated to mosaics from Byzantine period, unearthed at the site of great Palace of Constantinople. The museum has some lovely collections dating back to 450-550 AD. The mosaics were used for pavement of a peristyle court, dating possibly to the reign of Byzantine emperor Justinian1. Me, my wife and our daughter had a good time visiting this nice and unique museum. "
"DO NOT MISS A CHANCE TO VISIT THIS MUSEUM!!!
I got here to this museum only by chance as this was one of the museums included in musekart and it was very close to where I stayed. This place is easy to miss because of lack of sign boards and popularity. But I just don't see why this place has been neglected. Poorly done museum, maybe because it's built in situ. If history fascinates you, well, welcome to the archeological finds of Byzantine palace that was once the pride of city of Constantinople. It's a pity that today it's overshadowed by blue mosque and Hagia Sophia. The history of this place is interesting and it's elaborated very well inside the museum so don't worry, you don't need a guide. But do spend some time to read what this place was once upon a time. Looking at mosaic work from 4th CE gives me goosebumps. Let your imagination run free, and you will see the grandeur of this Byzantine palace centuries ago before it crumbled into the ruins that we see today!!! "
"One of the hidden gems of Istanbul or shall I say - Constantinople. The museum is so hidden not a lot of people know it. During my visit, I was practically the only person visiting the museum. t's located within the Arasta Bazaar so if you happen to be around the area, do pay a visit to this less-known museum.
The Great Palace was built by Constantine I in 330 CE. It became the residence for subsequent Eastern Roman/Byzantine emperors and was the center of administration for nearly 700 years. The mosaic tiles in this museum are the remains of what used to be the Great Palace (most of them are now lost in history as they are now under the current structures of the Sultanahmet Camii and other Ottoman-era buildings). Most of them are broken but you can still see a large part of them and it is just impressive. It's amazing how they still survive up to this day. The most impressive I think was the ones on the floor. It depicts some of the scenes of the daily life of the people from the Eastern Roman or Byzantine era.
Highly recommended if you are into history and archaeology. It offers a glimpse into Istanbul back when it was Constantinople, under the Byzantines. It offers a really different sight from the crowded and famous Hagia Sophia or Sultanahmet Mosque or the Topkapi Palace. ?>"