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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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 street market next to it or head to the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia which is nearby.