"HIPPODROME/GERMAN FOUNTAIN" Hippodrome - Atmaydani Tip by mtncorg

Hippodrome - Atmaydani, Istanbul: 65 reviews and 131 photos

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The Hippodrome was a main center of life in Byzantine times. A stadium capable of holding some 100,000 spectators once stood here where now open parks give Istanbul an open living room amidst historical splendor. I was here during Ramazan and most of the western side of the park was taken up by a vast crafts fair. There are several ancient columns which used to stand in the middle of the Hippodrome chariot tracks. The Egyptian Obelisk dates to the 16th century BC and was brought here in 390 AD by Theodosius. The Serpentine Column commemorates the Greek victory over the Persians at Plataea in 479 BC. It was sent north from Delphi by Constantine. Another column dating from the 10th century used to be covered with metal tablets which have been stripped off with time.

At the northern end of the former Hippodrome is a more modern monument given to the city in commemoration of a visit by German Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1900.

Address: Sultanahemet
Directions: Between Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque

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  • Written Nov 15, 2011
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