Milion, Istanbul

Milion, Istanbul

The Milion was a mile-marker monument that was erected in Constantinople in the 4th century AD. It had the same function as the Milliarium Aureum present in Rome, and acted as the starting point for measurement for all the roads leading to the main cities of the Byzantine Empire.

The monument remained intact as late as the 15th century, and during the 1960’s its fragments were discovered once again. The Milion is located in the district of Eminönü, in Istanbul, in the neighborhood of Cağaloğlu. It is located close to the Basilica Cistern, at the North corner of the square of the Hagia Sophia.

The Milion was built by Constantine the Great, when he was re building Byzantium which he had named Nova Roma (new Rome). He tried to emulate many features that Old Rome had including the Milion. When it was originally built, it was a tetra-pylon structure, surmounted by a dome, or a double triumphal arch, surmounted by a dome. It was built near the old Byzantium Walls, in the first region of the city. The monument was considered the origin of all the roads leading form Constantinople, to the European cities of the Byzantine Empire with distances marked on the structure.

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Sight Name: Milion
Sight Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Roman Heritage Walking Tour II

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