Mosaics to visit around the world

Classical and modern examples of mosaics to visit around the world.

Antakya - Hatay Archaeological Museum. Roman highlights of the collection include the Drinking Contest, the Megalopsychia Hunt, a tour of Antioch and Daphne, the Boat of Psyches, Menander with Glykera and Comedy, the Buffet Supper and the Evil Eye.
Isantbul - Istanbul Mosaic Museum.
Zeugma - Before disappearing largely in waters of a new reservoir on the Euphrates River, this ancient city offered one of the richest sources of Roman mosaics ever discovered, including: the gods Poseidon, Oceanus, and Tethys. Now undergoing restoration at Turkey's Gaziantep Museum, the intact mosaics illustrate a variety of mythological scenes and individuals.
Istanbul - The Kariye Museum, Church of the Holy Savior in Chora. Features some of the best regional Byzantine mosaics filling the interior.
Istanbul - Hagia Sophia Museum. Including The Virgin and Child, Emporer Alexandra, Empress Zone, mosaics of the Comnenos, Deësis (Entreaty) mosaic and the Northern tympanon mosaics.
Antioch - Antakya Mosaic Museum - A rich collection late Roman and Byzantine collection of mosaics including Narcissus by a stream, Drunken Dionysus and Orpheus charming beasts with his Lyre.

Barcelona - Guell Park, Sagrada Familia. Gaudi's modern colourful mosaics.
Cordoba - Archaeological Museum
Granada - the Alhambra Palace. Beautiful setting for excellent examples of Moorish tiles.
Ronda - Palacio Mondragon. Moorish mosaics on the arcaded patio.

Berlin - Staatliche Museum. Large section of a primitive mosaic wall consisting of thin cones of baked painted clay pushed into a mud walls.

Arles - Musée départemental de l’ Arles antique. Large display of Roman villa floor mosaics.
Lourdes - Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Lourdes.
Marseille - Cathedral - floor mosaics. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde - Roman style floor mosaics and golden Neo-Byzantine ceiling mosaics dating from mid 19th century. Museum of Roman Docks - wall display of Roman floor mosaics.
Nice - Faculty of Law. 'The Voyage of Ulysses' modern mosaic by Lino Melano.

Pella, Pella Museum

Tripoli, Tripoli Museum. Numerous figurative Roman mosaics.
Villa Sileen. Roman mosaics.

Durres - The Belle of Durres polychromatic mosaic is elliptical in shape and measures 17 x 10 feet.
Pula - The Byzantine chapel of St. Mary Formosa was built in the 6th century and is covered in golden interior mosaics.

Damascus - the mosque of Damascus. Golden wall mosaics.

Samarkand (glazed ceramic tiles)

Pushkin, Saint Petersburg - Great Palace of Catherine, 18th century amber wall mosaic.
Saint Petersburg - Church of the Shed Blood. Facade mosaic.

Thatta, Sindh - Shahjahan Mosque (glazed cermaic tiles)

Brading - Brading Roman Villa. Five of the twelve ground floor rooms contain mosaics.
Newport – Newport Roman Villa. Mosaic flooring survives.

Tunis - Bardo Museum. Displayed by region: Sousse, Carthage, Dougga, Bulla Regia, the mosaics date mostly from the 3rd and 4th century. The portrait of Virgil and the Triumph of Neptune are particularly impressive. Scenes of hunting, a panorama of mythological gods and goddesses, studies of fish and games, Hercules and Odysseus are all present.

Paphos – Paphos Archaeological Park. Mosaics in the House of Dionysus show the God of wine, Dionysus, giving the secret of viticulture to Ikarios, the King of Athens. The House of Aion has a 5th century mosaic of the birth of Dionysus. In the House of Theseus, must have been an enormous complex and well demonstrates the wealth and splendour of the Roman occupation of the Cypriot capital. Theseus' fight with the Minotaur in the Labyrinth can be seen in the House of Theseus.

Please see my earlier articles on mosaics in Italy, Greece and Great Britain which are covered in much greater detail.

If you have seen any other mosaics around the world please email me and I will add them to the list for others to enjoy.

Sue Kershaw
Mosaic Artist (UK based)