"Egyptian Obelisk on the Hippodrome Square" Egyptian Obelisk Tip by ania70pl

Egyptian Obelisk, Istanbul: 17 reviews and 43 photos


This building was originally constructed by Pharaoh Tutmosis III(1549-1503 BC). It was 60 m high and weighed 800 tons. When shipped from Egypt to Constantinople, it was split into three and only the very top of it survived. It was erected to Constantinople during the reign of Theodosius I in 390. There is a marble base with sculptured reliefs representing the Emperor's watching of chariot races with his family. The obelisk is made of pink granit and it depicts Praraoh Tutmosis III with Sun God Amon Ra.

Address: Hippodrome, Sultanahmet

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  • Written Oct 3, 2002
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