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Review of Serpent Column

Serpent Column
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Full-Day Guided Tour of Istanbul, from Antalya...
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Serpentine Column. It was cast by the Greeks after their victory over the Persians at the Battle of Plataea in the 5th century BC. The remains of the former glory of the ancient Greeks

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

The serpent column is nothing to go out of your way to see. If you are at Sultanhmet square and are talking pics then more than likely ou are going to see it in the background of said pics without out even realising its an attraction.

Its a greenish pole with serpent on it and the part at top broken off or just rusted off. However for it to be still here on display means thay it has much historical importance.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Coryy20
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

It is amazing how the ancient people took random structures from other places in their empire and stuck them in their capital city. The serpent column from Delphi in Greece is a good example of this. In itself it is underwhelming but if you consider the history and how it had been part of the Delphi oracle complex it is amazing that it was brought to the Hippodrome in Constantinople.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Sus1952
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

This column reminds us of what the city was before becoming Istanbul. It is full of history and as it is located at the central square there is no need to walk extra to see it (which probably wouldn't be worth it indeed). If you see it just take a moment think about the history behind it. I will not go imto the details as it was already explained in the prevous comments.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Martina P
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

The Serpent Column is an ancient bronze column located in the Hippodrome. it's rather unremarkable, and it wasn't until I had done some research that I understood its importance in Turkish history as it was built to commemorate the Greeks who defeated the Persian Empire at the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC. The serpent heads on the 26' high column remained until until the end of the 17th century; one is now on display at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.

Date of experience: March 2018
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