Arha 318 BlogPost – Ayşe Melis Yılmaz

The trip we made was really exciting for me because I had not even thought once about the monuments that we visit while I was driving every single morning to Sultanahmet for my sister’s school last year. I wanted to write about more on The Palace of Lausus because It was surprising for me to learn about the Lausus’s palace which is in Adliye Sarayı’s back of garden. It also felt different to learn students did the cleaning that abandoned structure. That’s why I wanted to write about that archeological heritage which I guess none of us knew before this trip as a citizen of Istanbul. I also really felt sorry to learn that the Four Season’s Hotel has got permission to extend its’ territory on to another archeological heritage that is Great Palace while I was searching more detailly about the Palace of Lausus.

Discovered by modern-day archeological excavations, The Palace of Lausus discovered to be among the high ranking collection of the statures and artworks of Byzantine. The archeological evidences showed that Palace of Lausus named with the Lausus the grand chamberlain to Theodosius II from around 422 and after a short interval again in 436 Empire for decades had been the richest exhibition and collection of very important statuary collection in Lausus time. With many other palaces which owned by other nobles, the Palace of Lausus endures on the periphery of Great Palace, which we can be able to see it’s mosaics at least. It was also exciting to see many successful figures which represent the wild or sense of humor of the era’s artists. Although there are database about the exact location, the Lausus’s palace believed to be was closed to the Forum of Constantinople and northern side of Mese. The Byzantine sources refer to Lausus as a great man with great wealth and large mansion. Respective to his great wealth and political power in the Great Palace, Lausus collected a great ensemble of arts and statures of antique statuary at his age where he displayed these statuaries in his Palace of Lausus. Lausus’ collection was arranged perfectly on aesthetic and historical grounds and was likely the most diverse to have existed in Constantinople at the time. Foremost amongst his collection were the Athena from Lindos by Skyllis, Dipoinos, Knadian Aphrodite Praxiteles, Lysippos’ Eros, Samian Hera of Boupalos, Lysippos’Kairos, Pheidias’ Olympian Zeus, as well as numerous other sculptured beasts. Unfortunately, the Palace and the rich collection of Lausus were destroyed by a massive fire almost bearing no witness.

Bassett, S. G. (Mar., 2000). ‘‘Excellent Offerings’’: The Lausos Collection in Constantinople. The Art Bulletin, 82(1), 6-25. Retrieved November 04, 2009 from Jstor database.
Vickers, M. & Francis, E.D. (1992).The Palace of Lausus at Constantinople: The Arrangement of Statues. Journal of the History of Collections, 4(1), 93-98. Retrieved November 04, 2009 from

Ayşe Melis Yılmaz


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