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Hippodrome

The Hippodrome of Constantinople or Sultanahmet Meydani was an important, if not the most important, sporting and social centre of Constantinople. This beautiful place is located in Sultanahmet district, between the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya. The Hippodrome is today an important tourist attraction that attracts visitors from all over the world, including locals. Although, currently there are only few fragments of the original structure, this is enough to realize the true greatness that this place had in the past.

Hippodrome, Istanbul In the ancient world, it was normally to see athletes from around the world competing in sport games like Horse racing, chariot racing and others. The hippodrome was built when the city was called Byzantium, only as a small attraction; however, this was remodeled when the Emperor Constantine the Great decided to move the seat of the government from Rome to Byzantium. It is estimates that in its origins the hippodrome was one of the greatest and amazing monuments capable of holding 100,000 spectators.

Currently, there are still some important monuments including: Serpent Column, also known as the Tripod of Plataea that was built to celebrate the victory of the Greeks over the Persians during the Persian Wars, Obelisk of Thutmose III, this was great obelisk carved from pink granite brought from Egypt, although currently there are some remains, Walled Obelisk, another great obelisk covered with gilded bronze plaques that were sacked by Latin troops in the Fourth Crusade. The hippodrome is a place that worth visiting, if you are planning to travel to Istanbul.


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