- By Kevin
- On Jan 3, 2018
- Travel Tips
If your're travelling to Istanbul and you have no idea where to begin.That’s understandable,the city is massive(it spans two continents!)and it has so much to offer in terms of mosques,markets,museums and foreign culinary delights!Exploring istanbul's archaeological museum with us.
The ancient Hippodrome was begun by Septimius Severus in AD 203 and completed by Constantine the Great in AD 330.This was the center of Byzantine public life and the scene of splendid games and chariot races but also factional conflicts.Today,there isn't much of the Hippodrome left to see,except for a small section of the gallery walls on the southern side,but the At Meydanı(park)that now stands on the site is home to a variety of monuments.On the northwest side is a fountain,presented to the Ottoman sultan by the German Emperor William II in 1898.Then,heading southwest are three ancient monuments:a 20-meter high Egyptian obelisk(from Heliopolis);the Serpent Column brought here from Delphi by Constantine;and a stone obelisk that originally was clad in gold-covered bronze plating until they were stolen by the soldiers of the 4th Crusade in 1204.