Roman Heritage of Istanbul: part I, Istanbul

Roman Heritage of Istanbul: part I, Istanbul
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Constantinople, being an imperial capital for over a millennium, still contains many important buildings and sites that show the greatness of the Eastern Roman Empire. This tour will take you through the most famous of them, giving you a glimpse of the most developed and flourishing city of the middle ages in Europe - Constantinople (Present day Istanbul).

Roman Heritage of Istanbul: part I - Route Map

Guide Name: Roman Heritage of Istanbul: part I
Guide Location: Turkey » Istanbul
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Author: kane
Boukoleon Palace

1) Boukoleon Palace

The Boukoleon Palace, also known as the Bucoleon was originally one of the Byzantine Palaces of Constantinople. The palace was most probably built by Theodosius II in the fifth century, but scholars still dispute its exact date of construction.

Lying on the shore of the Marmara Sea in Istanbul, the Palace was originally called Hormisdas. Justinian I named the Palace Bucoleon after the end of the 6th century. The name Bucoleon represents a Bull and a Lion, whose statues stood at the port in...   view more
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Walled Obelisk

2) Walled Obelisk

The Walled Obelisk is also called the “Constantine Obelisk” and “The Walled Column”. It is situated at the south end of the Hippodrome of Constantinople, which is now called the Sultanahmet Square, near the Serpentine Column in Istanbul. The Sultanahmet square is also called “At Meydani” which means “Horse Square”. This is a popular tourist spot in Istanbul, and the famous Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are also located right next to the Sultanahmet Park. The Egyptian Obelisk and...   view more
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Serpentine Column

3) Serpentine Column

The Serpentine Column also called the “Serpent Column”, the “Delphi Tripod”, the “Plataean Tripod” and the Yılanlı Sütun in Turkish is an ancient column made of bronze located at the Sultanahmet square in Istanbul. The Sultanahmet square was once called the Hippodrome of Constantinople and was also known as the Atmeydanı (Horse Square) during the Ottoman period.

The Serpentine Column was a part of an ancient Greek sacrificial tripod that was originally located in Delphi....   view more
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Obelisk of Theodosius

4) Obelisk of Theodosius

The Obelisk of Theodosius is the ancient Egyptian Obelisk of Pharaoh Tutmoses III. It is also called the Dikilitaş in Turkish. During the 4th century AD, the obelisk was re-erected by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in the Hippodrome of Constantinople, known today as Sultanahmet Meydanı or Sultanahmet square in Istanbul. The Sultanahmet square is a famous tourist spot in Istanbul.

Originally the obelisk was built for the great temple of Karnak in Egypt, but it was transported up the river...   view more
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Theodosius Cistern

5) Theodosius Cistern

The Theodosius Cistern was once part of the water-supply system of Constantinople. It was part of the 250 kilometers of aqueducts and its size speaks by itself for its importance - 32 nine-meters-high marble columns support the structure that provided fresh water to the Imperial Palace and to the Baths of Zeuxippus. Built in 5th century it still amazes...   view more
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Column of Constantine

6) Column of Constantine

The Column of Constantine is also known as the “Burnt Column” and Çemberlitaş sütunu in Turkish (çemberli means 'hooped' and taş means 'stone'). The column was constructed by Constantine the Great in 330 AD as a Roman monumental column. It is present in Yeniçeriler Caddesi between and Beyazıt and Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul.

The column was originally built of 9 cylindrical blocks of porphyry and had the statue of Constantine the Great resting on it, depicted...   view more
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