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Obelisk of III. Tutmosis

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Well-preserved ancient obelisk

Over three-thousand years old, this obelisk was relocated from Egypt to Istanbul in AD 390 and dominates one end of the Hippodrome. The symbols on the obelisk are in surprisingly... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2015
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 23 November 2015

With the incredible blue mosque nearby, the significance of this historical landmark is many times overlooked. This is one of only twenty-nine Ancient Egyptian Obelisks in the world and was originally erected by Tutmosis III (1479–1425 BC) at the great temple of Karnak. The Roman Emperor Constantius II (337–361 AD) had it and another obelisk transported along the River Nile... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 November 2015

Over three-thousand years old, this obelisk was relocated from Egypt to Istanbul in AD 390 and dominates one end of the Hippodrome. The symbols on the obelisk are in surprisingly good condition and it is worth stopping when wandering around the connected public spaces that are Sultanahment Square and the Hippodrome adjacent to the Blue Mosque. An information panel in... More 

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Reviewed 4 November 2015

The Obelisk of III. Tutmosis is around 3500 years old and has been in Istanbul for over 1600 years. It has been erected on a carved pedestal which is as old as the obelisk has been in Istanbul. It has inscriptions on all four sides and certainly does not look its age. It is easily seen in the big square... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 November 2015

I don't think many obelisk's are left in Egypt as they seem to be spread throughout a lot of western nations (France/UK etc) but this ancient one made it to the Ottoman Empire and now sits in pride of place in the Hippodrome area of the Sultanahmet outside the Blue Mosque. Was getting the history on it when a bus... More 

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Reviewed 1 November 2015

This quite large ancient obelisk from Egypt is now located in the Hippodrome area by the Blue Mosque. Well worth reading about it's history.

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Claymont, Delaware
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Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

It came from Egypt. In good shape. In area where other attractions are. Nice area to walk around and sight see or people watch.

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The Villages, Florida
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Reviewed 17 October 2015

It's amazing that so many obelisks are not in Egypt. This one was made during the time of Tutmoses in about 1450 BC. It's located in the area of the ancient Hippodrome.

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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

Located just beside the blue mosque, the obelisk stands in a square where you could wander and while away time. This is also a good place for people watching.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

This obelisk was made in ancient Egypt in 1450 BC by Tutmoses. It was at the temple of Amur-Re at Karnak until it was brought here and placed in the Hippodrome by Emperor Constantine. The obelisk is only about two thirds it's original height. It was broken while shipping it from Egypt, some say by accident, some say it was... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

Part of Egypt at the center of Istanbul ... the place is lovely and give you a glue of part of the history of the city

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