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It may only be a third of the original obelisk exported from Egypt in the year 390 but still very impressive and if you look down, you can where the Hippodrome ground once was and how much has been built on to raise the ground.
This is all part of the Hippodrome experience. It is just amazing to see such a massive structure that has been transported all the way from Egypt to Turkey. As the Hippodrome itself lacks structure as most the built structure is missing, this certainly adds...More
Quite honestly, the history (built in Egypt, then transported to Istanbul and reconstructed piece by piece) is more interesting than the obelisk itself, and it isn't something I would have made a special effort to see. However, it's worth a stop and a look when...More
Unique structure. What is missing is written information, illustrations and drawings. There are 4 sides at the roman foundation below the obelisque. On each side there are different things to say. Informations atc. are missing. The authorities should think about this.
really it is surprising to find an Obelisk just next to mosque , Obelisk is not a popular and normal monument in islamic countries . as i checked there was an idea in ancient Egypt for carving the names on the columns for keeping the...More
Originally from Egypt and transported all the way to Istanbul and erected. It apparently weighs over 200 tonnes!! One can marvel at the engineering genius of those in that to be able to erect it and balance it perfectly on 4 bronze stands. This structure...More
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening
nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.