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Reviewed 8 November 2013

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

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

The remnants of the Tripod of Plataea is worth an inspection as the column has texture, colour and form.

Date of experience: May 2013
1  Thank georgegrimes
Reviewed 5 January 2013

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

Date of experience: November 2012
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Reviewed 21 December 2012

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

Date of experience: November 2012
2  Thank nalin_thakur
Reviewed 15 August 2012

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

Date of experience: August 2012
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

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

Date of experience: April 2012
Thank L3K
Reviewed 10 April 2012

The Serpent Column is one of the oldest monument in Istanbul and is very close to the Blue Mosque and next to the Obelisk of Theodosius. You should pay a visit if you're around.

Date of experience: August 2011
1  Thank menq
Reviewed 20 June 2011

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

Date of experience: June 2011
2  Thank JumeirahJenny
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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
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