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The ancient Hippodrome was the center of Byzantine civic life, from political and theological controversies to chariot races and riots. Built in 203 by Emperor Septimus Severus, it is estimated that the arena could accommodate up to 100,000...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was and still is a meeting place. Was used as a chariot racing arena but now its a garden meeting place.Not much is left except for Egyptian obelisk and 2 other columns. At one end is a enclosed domed fountain commemorating the visit of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BunburyTim61
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a place where all the main attractions located. It is a great place where they have many cafes and stalls available. Many may not notice the pillar at the centre of the area, but according to our guide there are a great deal...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tim_Y-SG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Hippodrome or At Meydanı is an important part of Sultanahmet. From there you can reach Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapı Sarayı or the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, among others. In Byzantium and Constantinople it used to be the sporting and the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Departure811861
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our starting point for the classical tour of Istanbul. We got some information from our guide about Hipodrom. It was built in Roman period. Now there are few things that are left from this period, most of it today doesn't represent the Hipodrom...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tanja221
Reviewed 1 week ago

The obelisk of Theodosius, the Spiral Column brought from faraway. Kaiser Wilhelm's Fountain a gift from the German emperor. The serpents' heads, the gilded bronze plates from the Rough-Stone Obelisk stolen by Crusaders. And imagine the chariot races between the famous Green and Blue teams...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfection is really great and you can do it again and again and again and again and again and again I don't want you so bad that you have to be in a bit more time with the family

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Aloshi_321
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a quick wander around the Hippodrome during my last quick visit to Istanbul in early Nov 2018. This time pics were more challenging as there were vehicles and fences all over the area due to the preparations for the Istanbul marathon. Still good...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank KGB777
Reviewed 4 December 2018

To be honest, if you didn't research or not having a decent guide with you explaining the significance of this area, these structures are mere rocks. Again, it is a nice public place for all to enjoy.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank AakilaAyman
Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

Take a guide with you! Hear the stories of the Roman Empire occupation and imagine the chariots 8-across racing in the hippodrome - you can practically hear the 100,000 person crowd from all those centuries ago. The hippodrome was largely demolished and the materials recycled...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Beautiful!!! Majestic!!!! Ancient!!! Magical!!!!! August!!!! Dignified!!!! Mind-blowing!!!! Regal!!!! Royal!!!! Must visit !!!!!

Date of experience: October 2018
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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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4 September 2018|
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Response from seijinm82 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is, it’s just an open square with only the remains of some structures (e.g. Obelisk) - you no longer can see the whole Hippodrome structure.
17 June 2018|
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Response from seijinm82 | Reviewed this property |
This place is an open area without entry tickets. What’s left in this place are just ruins; so it won’t take more than 20 minutes to see whatever that remains standing here. But you can spend some time strolling around the... More