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The Museum of Great Palace Mosaics Admission Ticket
from US$ 5.00*
The Museum of Great Palace Mosaics Admission Ticket
from US$ 5.00*
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All reviews arasta bazaar mosaic floors blue mosque interesting mosaics byzantine emperors everyday life worth a visit grand palace mosaic work sultanahmet square hagia sophia animals scenes unearthed restoration constantine craftsmanship
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a slightly hidden place but definitely worth a visit. The entire museum stands on a giant excavated mosaic of the Byzantine palace that had stood there many years before the Ottomans came. Definitely worth a visit, as the mosaics are spectacular and very...More

Thank letsdrinkwine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At the end of Arasta Bazaar is the opening of this little museum displaying the mosaics from the Great Byzantine Palace. Included in the Museum Card, it is worth a 20-30 min perusal

Thank Sara H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Museum is not big but it houses great collection of Roman mosaics. Ticket costed 15 TRY. Museum can be visited with museum pass.

Thank Glib S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The entrance is in Arasta Market, next to the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet. It’s a small museum with delightful mosaics, all that remains of a large palace overlooking the Bosporus. It’s hard to imagine how this assortment of images fit into a floor of a...More

Thank boybanker
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Included on the Istanbul Pass, this little museum is definitely worth a visit, tucked away behind the Arasta bazaar, just behind the Blue mosque. Amazingly well-preserved mosaics from Roman/Byzantine times give you a glimpse into the opulent decoration that would have been used in the...More

1  Thank cstravels2018
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Small two-level museum showing some detailed mosaics which children with an artistic leaning would like. the route through this museum is around 15 minutes. The ticket office is an easy place to purchase a museum pass and this museum is part of the pass.

Thank Haroon M
Reviewed 29 July 2018

This museum is a great short stop should you have some time to spare. Mosaics have been restored meticulously and the craftsmanship is amazing. Plan to spend about 30 minutes here. Not recommended for families with children.

1  Thank Faansie T
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Included in the Istanbul Pass and while not obvious to find and not one of the major sites, it was an interesting little visit. Part of the story is also how they restored/rescued the mosaic and displayed it as it is. Nice to be in...More

2  Thank RoamingRobin
Reviewed 26 June 2018

This is located in Arasta Bazaar and you have to walk through the bazaar to the get to the entrance and the exit is at a different point in the bazaar. I only visited the location because of the Museum Pass; I was expecting a...More

Thank RWandSW
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Animals, flowers, life scenes, attitudes, excellently immortalised in mosaic. Located close to Sultanahmet Square at Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul. The museum houses mosaics from the Byzantine period, unearthed at the site of the Great Palace of Constantinople.Definitely must go!

Thank Fotini66
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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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Claudia U
2 November 2016|
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Response from MIA328 | Reviewed this property |
From the open area between the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, take the stairs down to Arasta Bazaar. Then turn right on the road in front of the bazaar. The museum will be on your right just after you pass Sultanahmet... More
20 March 2015|
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Response from jakki72 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, open May-Sept. 9am-7pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Oct - April 9am - 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Costs about TL8. We spent a good couple of hours there, scenes are amazing!