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Hippodrome - Atmaydani, Istanbul: 65 reviews and 131 photos

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The Hippodrome is in the old part of Istanbul. The name has change to Sultanahmet square district. The district is rich in history and architecture. There are many well known historical sights. During Constantine reigned the Hippodrome was used for political, social life and sporting event. Citizens of Rome can raised their voice of discontentment and quite often it leads to riots and killing fields. Thousand of spectators watched chariot races and gladiators in combat. In the Hippodrome there are three well known monuments. See the photos of the three monuments.

The first monument is the 3500 year old Obelisk of Theodosius the First was originally from the Temple of Karnak in ancient Egypt. It was erected at the current sight by the Byzantine emperor Theodosius the First in 390 AD. It is Istanbul oldest monument.

The second monument is the roughly built obelisk known as Orme Sutun was originally covered with bronze plaques. The Venetians in 1204 during the 4th crusade sacked and looted the city.

The third monument is the sculpture of the three headed serpent spiral bronze bought from Delphi in Greece to commemorate the Greek victory in 479 B.C. The snake heads is missing.

Address: Sultanahmet Square District
Directions: Not far from Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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  • Updated Sep 3, 2007
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