There are many mosaics from the Byzantine Empire in the museum, which were excavated from the remains of the Great Palace of Constantine. The mosaic decoration of the Grand Palace Mosaic Museum was once used to decorate the courtyard corridors, and it began about the time of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I (Justinian I). They were unearthed by Turkish archaeologists in large-scale archaeology in 1935-1938 and 1951-1954
Archaeologists found a mosaic road with hunting and divination images behind the Blue Mosque in the 1950s. It was built in the Byzantine period and was completed in 1997. The original mosaic trail was about 3500-4500 square meters, most of which were destroyed or buried by the Blue Mosque and surrounding buildings. About 250 square meters are preserved here. The mosaic patterns have pastoral scenery, etc., and the most impressive picture is in the westernmost exhibition room.
8. I personally feel that the Sophia Cathedral and the Underground Water Palace are worth seeing. The ORTAKO Mosque and the Blue Mosque are really suitable for seeing the outer courtyard and appearance in the morning when there are few tourists, and you can appreciate the tranquility and the beauty of architecture. When the crowd is surging, there is really no feeling at all. Unless you are particularly interested in religious paintings, KARIYE Museum and Great Palace Mosaic Museum, especially the former is very remote, there is really no need to go there. The ASITANE restaurant next door recommended by LP is even more unnecessary. Although they are all classical dishes handed down from the Ottoman period, the service is also five-star. The most expensive one is 100TL) For two people, none of the dishes can be eaten normally, but you can see the ones selling tiles next to them. It is the most favorable price when we see all the varieties. The latter is very poorly protected and feels nothing.
The entrance of the leftover part of the Grand Palace from the Byzantine era is near a bazaar, which is not very easy to find. Tickets are included in the museum pass.
It's also because the PASS card contains this attraction. It's actually pretty good and recommended.