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“Little but lovely!”
Review of Mosaic Museum

Mosaic Museum
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$37.51*
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #64 of 1,115 things to do in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed June 30, 2013

The Arasta Mosaic Museum, a rather smallish museum, is tucked away below the Hippodrome and behind the Arasta Pazar. The entrance fee is minimal, but the excavation work is superb. The placards are in Turkish, English and German and give a history of what Istanbul was like during Roman times. The beautiful colors and depictions of life, boys rolling hoops, crushing grapes, wildlife (very wild animals and birds) are of a homey nature, suggesting what people did during those times. The intricacy of the borders around the "courtyard" areas show the expertise of the craftsmen. You can be in and out in about an hour, but locating it and ambling through is an enriching experience to help one have a sense of what Istanbul once was. The museum store has some Istanbuli purchases, such as typical Turkish-patterned notecards and refrigerator magnet sets that are unique and affordable.

Thank rdyoung68
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

This museum has the mosaics from the Roman Palace and built in the ruins of the palace
Behind Blue Mosque inside the Arasta Bazaar.
Highly recommend to visit.
Closed mondays

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Although small and a tad hard to find, this museum is lovely. Imagining the mosaics in the palace brings to life the splendor that must have been. Unfortunately, having the mosaics separated out in different places with small notes as to where they had been located somewhat destroys the impact of such lovely work. This is another site that can be combined with others as it doesn't take very long, but I'd make a point to visit it.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Very big mosaics in here, some you cant really make out but these are the some of the biggests mosaics i have seen. It wont take you 15 minutes to walk it but it you are in sultanhamet and by the blue mosque pop in. Its another sight seen and another one for the bucket list.

Thank Lee F
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

If you don't like roman mosaics, this is not the place for you.
The main piece is the mosaic floors from Constantine the greats palace.
If this doesn't interest you, there is no reason for you to be there.
If it does, then it is very special.
Not a lot of stuff, but what they have is very special.

Thank Blottoinnyc
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