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The Yilanli Column is found in Sultanahmet Square. After the victory of the Greeks against the Persians, the Temple of Apollo was erected in 479 B.C. It was built of metal obtained from weapons confiscated during the war and melted down. Later, in the reign of Constantine I (324-327 A.D.), it was brought to Istanbul. It has the shape of entwined serpents, whose heads look out in three different directions. The names of the 31 Greek city-states that participated in the war are etched upon the snakes.The column was originally 8 meters high, but is only 5.30 meters high today and the heads of the serpents are missing. The three intertwined bronze serpents form the column.
The third monument in this area is called as "Colossus" or "the column of Constantine Porphyrgenitus". This column looks much more eroded and the purpose is thought to have a parallelism with the Egyptian Obelisk.
Address: sultanahmet hipodrom area
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