"The Constantine Oblisque" Walled Obelisk - Constantine Obelisk Tip by Martin_S.

  Constantine Oblisk, Istanbul, Turkey
by Martin_S.

What I found out about the Constantine Oblisque (Column) was:
The landmark of the city because of its height of 32 meters. The column was erected in the fourth century by Constantine the Great. This monument was completely covered with bronze plates.During the Latin invasion in 1204, these plaques were removed and melted to make coins.
What you see is a very simple, apparently pockmarked column, very underimpressive today. There are no explanations at the site itself, when we saw the column we were not sure it was the same that was spoken of in our guides.

Address: Hippodrome, Sultanahmet Square
Directions: It is located in the Hippodrome near the entrance to the Blue Mosque.

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  • Written Dec 28, 2008
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