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Have a look if you are in the area, it is very near to the Blue Mosque and the Egyptian Obelisk. There is some information at the site but not a lot of detail. It looks particularly interesting when lit at night. Also, if you...More
This statue is in a major tourism area, and you would think that the litter in this monument would be cleaned out. We found this monument to be interesting. On further invertigation we came across one of the serpant heads at the Istanbul Archaelogy Museum...More
To raise the image of his new capital, Constantine and his successors, especially Theodosius the Great, brought works of art from all over the empire to adorn it. Among these was the Tripod of Plataea, now known as the Serpent Column, cast to celebrate the...More
As a piece of history this is a fascinating item - anything from 500bc (ish !) carries such vast history and significance that it deserves better than being used as a rubbish bin. It appears to be three intertwined snakes rising vertically - but the...More
This is a headless sculpture (casting?) of three entwined serpents (one of the heads is in the archeology museum.) It's not so interesting by itself, but it's in the hippodrome next to the Egyptian and Walled obelisks. Don't make a special trip just to see...More
The Serpent/Serpentine Column is believed to be one of the oldest monuments in Istanbul. My guidebook said that it was built in 479 B.C. and presented to the temple of Apollo in Delphi and later most likely moved to Istanbul and erected by Constantine. Originally...More
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a 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 relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.