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Hippodrome of Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 16 August 2018

Not much to see but the remnants of what must have been a spectacular column. Albeit the history behind it gains it full marks and the fact it is still standing after repeated pillaging attacks.

Thank Tony M
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Serpentine Column. It was cast by the Greeks after their victory over the Persians at the Battle of Plataea in the 5th century BC. The remains of the former glory of the ancient Greeks

Thank prasadrr
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

The serpent column is nothing to go out of your way to see. If you are at Sultanhmet square and are talking pics then more than likely ou are going to see it in the background of said pics without out even realising its an...More

Thank Coryy20
Reviewed 12 May 2018

It is amazing how the ancient people took random structures from other places in their empire and stuck them in their capital city. The serpent column from Delphi in Greece is a good example of this. In itself it is underwhelming but if you consider...More

Thank Sus1952
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

This column reminds us of what the city was before becoming Istanbul. It is full of history and as it is located at the central square there is no need to walk extra to see it (which probably wouldn't be worth it indeed). If you...More

Thank Martina P
Reviewed 21 March 2018

The Serpent Column is an ancient bronze column located in the Hippodrome. it's rather unremarkable, and it wasn't until I had done some research that I understood its importance in Turkish history as it was built to commemorate the Greeks who defeated the Persian Empire...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 3 February 2018

Turks preserve their heritage had it been in some other country it would have been uprooted long time back and replaced by a high storey building.

Thank Shehla2017
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

For everyone just passing past this unimpressive column, they miss the picture. This 2500 artifact is made of the melted weapons of the Persians after the second Persian war, where the Greeks managed to halt the Persian advance into Europe and shaping world history and...More

Thank Nikolas S
Reviewed 17 December 2017

has been located between two stone obelisk next to the Blue mosque . since the two stone columns are more taller they are more in view and less people care for Serpent Column which has been left without proper preservation and maintenance .

Thank MohammadNejad
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

It does appear as well maintained as the other 2 Obelisks in it's vicinity. But still worth a visit as part of a tour of the area.

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prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
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