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Istanbul Mosaic Museum

Great Palace Mosaic Museum is also known as the Istanbul Mosaic Museum, located in Istanbul. Mosaics exhibited in the museum which have been dated to AD 450-550 are magnificent in terms of both art and wealth of portrayal scenes.


Blue Mosque was built on the remains of the Great Palace, which is believed to have been constructed between the 4th and 6th centuries. Mosaic coverings, which are presumed to have been taken from the halls or roads of this palace, were discovered in the 1930s.

Great Palace Mosaic Museum was redecorated to display these restored mosaics. The mosaics illustrate common activities, such as hunting and daily chores, and decorative designs, both of which are exquisite examples of the delicate artisan-ship that stand above the period during they were produced.


The Great Palace mosaics, reflecting a matchless master ship, are dated by specialists to 450-550 AD. The white background of the mosaics resembles fish scales.

There are no religious themes in mosaics. The scenes depicted on the mosaics are from daily life and nature, rather than being religious.

The scenes of a griffin eating a lizard, a fight between an elephant and a lion, a mare nursing her filly, children herding geese, a man milking a goat, a child feeding a donkey, a girl with a jug, bears eating apples and a fight between a hunter and a tiger are among the most spectacular examples displayed in the mosaic museum.


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