The Hippodrome Istanbul
HistoryThe first construction of the stadium was undertaken by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
Monuments at the HippodromeThere are various monuments spread along the length of the stadium, with columns, obelisks and statues that once decorated the spina, the elevated central axis where chariots use to race.
Egyptian ObeliskThe three ancient monuments displayed here are the 4th century Egyptian Obelisk , originally 60m high (only a third of the upper part survived the trip from Egypt) made to commemorate the campaigns of Thutmos III in Egypt in the 16th century although the scenes at its base honour its erection in Constantinople by Theodosius I.
Serpentine ColumnThe second monument is the Serpentine Column taken from the Temple of Apollo at Delphi by Constantine the Great has three bronze intertwining serpents, once with the heads splaying out in three directions and only one head exists today and is displayed at the Archaeology Museum.
Column of ConstantineThe third monument is a massive 32m high Column of Constantine was restored and covered in gold plated bronze by Emperor Constantine Porphyrogentus in the 10th century and an inscription at that time informed that the column was already decayed. The bronze was removed and melted down by the Crusaders during the raids on Constantinople in 1204.
LocationThe Hippodrome is located in the Sultanahmet district of Fatih . While you are visiting many of the historical sites in Sultanahmet area of Istanbul , we would advice you to visit the Hippodrome as well.
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