This building was originally constructed by Pharaoh Tutmosis III(1549-1503 BC). It was 60 m high and weighed 800 tons. When shipped from Egypt to Constantinople, it was split into three and only the very top of it survived. It was erected to Constantinople during the reign of Theodosius I in 390. There is a marble base with sculptured reliefs representing the Emperor's watching of chariot races with his family. The obelisk is made of pink granit and it depicts Praraoh Tutmosis III with Sun God Amon Ra.
The original Hippodrome was constructed in 200 AD. by Emperor Septimus Severus, when he rebuilt the town of Byzantium. After Severus, Constantine the Great made Constantinople new capital and gave much more importance to this area. The Hippodrome was the heart of the civil activities. Propaganda activities, rebellions, fightings and eventually chariot races took place in this area. The Hippodrome continued to serve as primarily a sports center as well as a gathering place of the people for centuries during the Byzantium Era. After the Ottomans took over, it was also used for the same purpose.
The Hippodromme - In the spring of the 326 AD, a line of walls was erected to border a new city and in 330 it was inaugurated under the name of Nova Roma, or New Rome, soon to be changed to Constantinopolis. Like her mother city, she was divided into fourteen regions and boasted seven hills. With the division of the Holy Roman Empire in 395 Constantinople became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. During the reign of Justinian in 527-565, the city grew in magnificance and enjoyed the days of her greatest splendor. Here at the Hippodromme citizens enjoyed various outdoor activities such as chariot races.
THE HIPPODROME ....
With a capacity of 100.000 spectators, the Hippodrome was the scence for the political struggles and the uprising in the capital city of the Empire.
The contructions of the race tracks and the cavea started in the reign of Emperor Septimus Severus and were completed a 100 years later under Constantine the Great.. The stones from the structure were used in the constructions of the Blue Mosque. Today, the only remains from the Hippodrome are the three monumental colums and the fountain.
Sight of the ancient Byzantinian sports complex. All that remains today are a part of the wall and three sculptures that were on the inside of the track.
To understand more of the history, do visit this area. It might not mean a lot without a guide. While I was visiting Istanbul, some buildings around the hyppodrome was being renovated.
This is the last work in Hippodrome Square, built in 1898 as a gift of German King Wilhelm for the hospitality he experienced in Istanbul.
The hippopdrome is situated in front of the blue mosque. What's left of it is a oval road and two obelisks. It's a good place to hang out and have a photostop.
It was here that chariot races happened as well as gladiator competitions and athletic activities. Take some time to admire the Egyptian Obelisk.
Second of the three remaining Byzantine monuments is the Bronze serpentine column, which dates to the 4th century A.D , Imagine what it would have looked like new polished and magnifcecent
After/before a visit to the Blue Mosque - the Hippodrome located next to Sultanahmet, not spectacular - but be carefull, pickpockers are VERY active at this place
Byzantine built Obelisk - one of three remaining sculptures in the hippodrome. Little is known about the origin of this Obelisk.
One of three remaining sculptures from the Hippodrome. This was once topped by three serpents heads. Greek in origin Emperor Constantine brought it here in AD 330.
Egyptian Obelisk - one of three remaining sculptures from the hippodrome. Created in Heliopolis in 1450 BC. Emporer Theodosius had it brought here in 390 AD.
its right outside the blue mosque - so u cant really miss it - its like a huge yard with all kind of polls and stuff - really nice