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Hippodrome of Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 17 October 2015

Known as the Serpentine Column, it was one of three monuments that Constantine brought to place in the center of his Hippodrome.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Scott8147
Reviewed 2 October 2015

The Serpent Column is made of bronze and depicts three intertwined serpents. The column is believed to have been made in 479 BC and brought here by Constantine a few years later. It stands between the Egyptian Obelisk and the Pillar of Constantine Porphyrogenitus at...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

We so the Serpent Column a while back made out of bronze when we finish out tour of the Hagia Sophia.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 25 September 2015

A bronze spiral column, originally of Greek origin, it was moved to Turkey about 2000 years ago. The original serpent heads were removed and are now in the Archaeological Museum.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed 20 September 2015

I like the unique form of serpent column. This is the first thing I want to see whenever I come to Istanbul. Very small, but great historical interests. It's regrettable that there are some trash thrown away around the area. One of the head of...More

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed 25 August 2015

This is also known as the Serpentine Column or Spiral Column. Originally, this column stood at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece (479 BC). It was brought to Constantinople in 330 AD. The three original entwined serpent heads are no longer present. It is...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

The serpent column is the perfect symbol of Istanbul, Turkey. This city has been invaded so many times, there really isn't much left. This column should have three snake heads at the top. On top of the heads, there should be a large golden bowl....More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Rae W
Reviewed 27 July 2015 via mobile

Amazing if you know the history, not so much to look at. The writing next to it doesn't explain it all that well either, however coming here brings you to a lovely square with a lot of history.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 15 July 2015

On our 1st morning in Istanbul, 24th February 2015, we visited Hippodrome early morning (8:11am) so that after visiting it we could line up at the entrance of Hagia Sofia at its opening time, which gets crowded later on. Our hotel was near thus we...More

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

This column, made of copper, his particular significance in that it was made from swords melted down from the enemies. Although it is no longer intact, one can appreciate it's shape and what it would have been like in ancient times.

Date of experience: May 2015
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