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Another emperor to adorn the Hippodrome was Theodosius the Great, who in 390 brought an obelisk from Egypt and erected it inside the racing track. Carved from pink granite, it was originally erected at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor during the reign of Tuthmosis III in about 1490 BC.
Theodosius had the obelisk cut into three pieces and brought to Constantinople. Only the top section survives, and it stands today where Theodosius placed it, on a marble pedestal. The obelisk has survived nearly 3,500 years in astonishingly good condition.
Address: Hippodrome, Sultanahmet Square
Directions: You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 0' 21.17" N 28° 58' 30.98" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Obelisk of Theodosius.
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