"The Hippodrome Square" Hippodrome - Atmaydani Tip by ania70pl

Hippodrome - Atmaydani, Istanbul: 65 reviews and 131 photos

The original Hippodrome was constructed in 200 AD. by Emperor Septimus Severus, when he rebuilt the town of Byzantium. After Severus, Constantine the Great made Constantinople new capital and gave much more importance to this area. The Hippodrome was the heart of the civil activities. Propaganda activities, rebellions, fightings and eventually chariot races took place in this area. The Hippodrome continued to serve as primarily a sports center as well as a gathering place of the people for centuries during the Byzantium Era. After the Ottomans took over, it was also used for the same purpose.

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

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  • Written Oct 3, 2002
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