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Great Palace Mosaics Museum

Where is Great Palace Mosaics Museum? How to go to Great Palace Mosaics Museum? What is the history of Great Palace Mosaics Museum?  What are the entrance fees for Great Palace Mosaics Museum? You can find the answer to all these questions in this article and discover the Great Palace Mosaics Museum with us. Pleasant readings..

Two or three crew discussing where the sun will rise on the deck. The land is new, the land is fresh. The silhouette of a magnificence they have never seen before.. As if a giant is awakening from the hill, the dome of Hagia Sophia appears, a little hazy. A road that stretches all the way in front of it. A fairy-tale building where the road was opened. The ship, which is full of amphora up to its brim, moves slowly without making a sound like a guest staying at the night sleeper. The captain was enlightened early from the sun. The grape mixes the juice for the day. he calls out without looking back. Let another broken amphora come to Constantinople. A thin, black and dry boy comes from the bottom, with an amphora in his hand. As he stretches it to the captain, he says he’s ready, he asks, though bored. Where’s the captain there? The captain raises his eyebrows, whose summit is snowy, like a mountain range. She narrows her eyes to focus on the point the child is showing. Is that it? It’s the center of the world. It’s Sacrum Palatium.

Sacrum Palatium or, as we know it, the Great Palace. Even though this building, which the captain says and called the center of the world, is no longer in place, clues that will allow us to imagine its magnificence are still waiting for you in the historical peninsula. One of them is the Great Palace Mosaics museum. When you pass Sultanahmet Square, you reach down to the Arasta Pazar, down the stairs right next to the mosque. If you don’t see it, it’s not a problem. We didn’t see it. We came to the exit of the Museum a little further. There, the sign “welcomes you 50 meters behind” welcomes you.

The museum is built on a courtyard with open milk in the middle of the Great Palace, and that covers the mosaic floor. It is estimated that this courtyard (peristyle) with mosaics was built during the Justinian time (527 – 565 AD) while the courtyard was being renovated. While making the dating, the pieces of broken amphora used in the isolation floor under the mosaic were used. would be transported to the entire Mediterranean with these amphoras.)

180 square meters of the area, whose surface area reaches 1872 m2, has been uncovered. Mosaic stones average 5 mm. It consists of limestone, terracotta and colored stones. These details are only preparations for the scene that will come to life in your mind.

I do not know why I have not visited this museum before. I understood how far the comments I heard about “a very small place, cute, take a look at it” are far from explaining the place. Thanks to my curiosity about historical places, I have been able to enter many museums and ruins for hours. It is not clear how many kilometers we have traveled with Oylum to go even to the ancient cities in the corner. But it’s my fault that we bypass this place at the bottom of our nose by this time. The mistake is as much as I am in the publicity of the Museum. At the exit of the museum, while we were buying books and postcards, we chatted with the attendant, even for five minutes. In the Summer Season, the monthly visitor of the museum was 300-350 people. In the winter season, this number dropped to 50s. 95% of the visitors were also foreigners. Turkish books are not sold in the museum shop. When I asked why, the officer said, “There are hardly any Turkish visitors coming here.” (There could be no more satisfying answer)

The mosaics on display are magnificent, both in artistic terms and in terms of the variety of stories he told of that period. Of course, it is not the size of the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, but it was the same taste that we left when leaving the museum. You do not understand how time passes in the details. I suggest you to deliver at least 1 hour to this magic place. He has so much to tell that if you leave, you end the day there. The interesting thing about mosaics (I’ve never met before) is that religious motifs are never used. What is mostly told consists of daily life and mythological fairy tale depictions of that period. There are 90 different themes that are described using 150 human and animal figures on the mosaic sheets removed. Many of these themes are also described in the information articles in the museum.

Winged Tiger: This creature whose head, legs and tail resembles a tiger is understood to be female due to its prominent nipples. The animal has two large wings and a pair of horns on its head. In the mouth of the tiger is a dark green lizard, through which it passes its teeth. The lizard is a symbol of drowsiness and laziness. Still life is one of the symbols of evil in paintings. The fact that the tiger has wings and horns – most likely – symbolizes Power and Strength. Being a female can be a symbol of rebirth and life.

Lion and Elephant fight: While examining the mosaics, you encounter scenes like this quite often. Apart from Animal-Human fights, the animals’ fights with each other were also staged. The details are never skipped. When you look closely, you clearly see leaking blood and wounds. In ancient Rome, the elephant is a symbol of common sense and wisdom. It was also used frequently in the victory cortege of Rome. The lion, roaring or attacking, means arrogance and brutality. The status of the animals in the mosaic affects their message. Just as a lion standing or sitting down represents power and might. There may be a very good-bad war from an ordinary wildlife scene that is meant to be described here. Because the male lion does not hunt alone, it must be very difficult and hungry for this. Even if this is the case, a net does not attack alone. Since he is already weak and hungry, he will pursue easier prey.

Eagle and snake: The struggle of the eagle and the snake is a very common theme with artefacts from ancient times and symbolizes the defeat of darkness. The eagle is the most magnificent of flying animals. It is fast, powerful and independent. At the same time, the brutal eagle is unpredictable when and what to do. Different meanings were attributed to the eagle figure in different periods of history. The eagle, which was the symbol of the gods in ancient times, symbolized cruelty in the Middle Ages. As a political symbol (because Mosaic is used in the courtyard of the Great Palace), it is a symbol of power, domination and victory. It is also a symbol of the Roman empire. After the empire’s expansion to the east and west, it appears as a double-headed eagle. In fact, Constantine I preferred to use the cross as the symbol of the empire instead of the eagle. In this mosaic, it is seen that the figures in the stories do not change even if the symbols of the empire differ.

Entrance fees for Great Palace Mosaics Museum

The Great Palace Mosaics Museum contains more stories like that. It is very inspiring to look at the parts of life that have remained in this part of history. It is not very wise to wander in such a historical richness like someone who does not know about the jackpot. The museum is open to visitors every day between 09-18, except Monday. The entrance fee is full: 10 TL. With Müzekart, you can visit 2 times a year for free.

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