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District of Columbia County, District of Columbia
August 28, 2013
From journal A Week in Turkey: Istanbul
Northampton, United Kingdom
May 27, 2012
From journal Istanbul in May - Part 3
Gravesend, United Kingdom
July 7, 2011
From journal A Turkish delight. 1
St. Louis, Missouri
August 26, 2003
The Hippodrome is 400 meter is length and 120 meters wide. It seated 40,000 at its height in popularity. Down the center were a row of columns and obelisks of which only three survive today. They are the Serpent Column, the Egyptian Obelisk, and the Colossus. The Serpent Column is the oldest Greek monument in Istanbul dating to 479 B.C. It was erected by the cities who defeated the Persians in the battle of Plataea. The tradition states that the bronze serpents were cast from the metal in theshields of the fallen Persian warriors. The top is missing, but one of the serpents head is on display in the Archeological Museum in Istanbul.
The Egyptian Obelisk was first erected in Egypt by Thutmose III in the 15 cent. B.C. About 2000 years later Emperor Theodosius I brought it to Istanbul in about the year 390 A.D. It is 20 meters high and is mounted on four blocks which in turn rest on a marble base.
The Colossus was erected by Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus in 940 A.D. It is made of limestone. It was once covered by bronze gilt panels but they were torn off by the 4th Crusaders who thought it was gold. The holes where those plates had been attached can still be seen.
From journal Istanbul-Where Cultures and History Meet!
Bayside, New York
August 26, 2001
The original construction dates back to 203 AD. Here rival chariot teams represented the greens and blues which were opposing parties. The loss of one could mean the removal of an emperor's throne, so these games were serious stuff.
Over the years, the site was looted repeatedly, leaving the serpentine column headless, and the Egyptian Obelisk at 1/3 its original size. Crusaders in the 1200's tore off all the bronze plates from the stone obelisk in the mistaken belief it was gold. They also stole a bronze sculpture of 4 horses, and if you wish to see that, you can go to Venice into the San Marco Basilica. It's interesting to note that many countries are still in possession of items they looted from Constantinople and have not seen fit to return them.
From journal The Wait for Turkey - Finally!