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Ancient Mosaics in Turkey

Discover Turkey, home of ancient mosaics


Turkey's Ancient Mosaics

It is possible to see the most beautiful examples of ancient Roman and Byzantine mosaics in Turkey, visit the world's two biggest mosaic museums, which are found in Turkey. Discover Turkey, home of ancient mosaics.

Ancient Mosaics of Turkey

Mosaic is the art of creating patterns and images with small, three-dimension, coloured and uneven pieces of glass, pottery or stone.

All around Anatolia, it is possible to come across the most beautiful examples of mosaic art made of fragments of tiles and pottery which, in history, was first applied by the Sumerians 5000 years ago.

The unique mosaics from the Roman and Byzantine Empires, which survived the historical events and natural disasters, are today on display in major museums of Turkey.

In addition to the ancient and Byzantine mosaics, Anatolian is also embellished by the mosaics pertinent to the Islamic era. Islamic architecture used mosaic technique to decorate mosques and palaces since the Arabs conquered the eastern provinces of the Byzantine Empire in the 7th century.

Mosaic Museums

The world's two biggest mosaic museums are found in Turkey. If you believe that the valuable things come in small parcels then be sure to visit the mosaic museums in Turkey.

Also two of these museums are still the world's largest mosaic museums.

  • Zeugma Mosaics Museum, Gaziantep
  • Antakya Mosaic Museum, Hatay
  • Great Palace Mosaic Museum, Istanbul
  • Chore Mosaic Museum, Istanbul
  • Misis Mosaic Museum, Adana
  • Haleplibahce Mosaic Museum, Sanliurfa

Ancient Mosaics in Turkey

Tarsus Mosaic, Archaeology Musum, Hatay