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Roman Hippodrome

Roman Hippodrome - Istanbul It was also known as Istanbul Byzantine hippodrome. The Roman Hippodrome was the main place of politics during the time of Constantinople, and also a sport centre in the 500 year of Ottoman history. Nowadays it is called Atmeydani (Horse Square); the building is no longer in the same place, instead of that there is a square named Sultanahmet Meydani or Sultan Ahmet Square that conserve a few fragments of the Roman Hippodrome.

During Byzantine era, the Roman Hippodrome held several sport shows like horse races, chariot races and also during the Ottoman era an ancient Turkish sport called Cirit. There are four important places to visit while you are in the Hippodrome, they are: the German fountain, which is popular because of its beautiful details and it was a gift from the Kaiser in 1898; the Obelisk from Egypt that was brought from Egypt form emperor Theodosius I; the Serpent Colum and the Walled Obelisk.

The construction started at 203 AD, and now as a part of Sultanahmet Squareit is the landscape park following the road from Sultanahmet Mosque to Hagia Sophia.

The Roman Hippodrome now offers free wifi internet connection, and you can visit several places of interest nearby, such as:
  • The Basilica Cistern, which is located in the northern end of the Hippodrome.
  • Hagia Sophia is across the street from the stone tower.
  • Topkapi Palace is beyond Hagia Sophia.
  • Istanbul Archeological Museums is next to the Topkapi Palace.
So, you are going to be close or every place of interest that Istanbul has when you are in the Hippodrome, you must visit it,and you will have a fun time.


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