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Obelisk of Theodosius or Dikilitas Istanbul

Obelisk of Theodosius or Dikilitas Istanbul
This obelisk stands in the centre of the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet and was carved from granite in around 1450 BC in commemoration of Pharaoh Thutmosis III victories; it originally stood opposite Thebes in Egypt.

Emperor Theodosius had it moved to Istanbul in 390 and it was re-erected onto a marble plinth with images of himself carved into it that are now considerably worn unlike the original hieroglyphics that still look like the day they were carved.

The faded carvings show the emperor in his imperial box watching a chariot race and awarding a laurel leaf to the winner; they show him helping erect the column and also receiving homage from his defeated enemies.

The obelisk was very much larger before it was moved as a huge part of it broke off during transit and from the dip that it stands in it is possible to see how much the ground has risen up over the centuries. Emperor Augustus began the custom of erecting obelisks in hippodromes back in 10 BC when he placed one in the Circus Maximus in Rome.

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