Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hippodrome of Constantinople, Istanbul, Nov 2012

Dear Diary,

After our tour of Blue Mosque ended, we stepped out of its compound and proceeded to visit Hippodrome of Constantinople which is located adjacent to the mosque.

Hippodrome of Constantinople is an area used to be a horse racing track in which sporting and social events were held in Constantinople. Today, it is called Sultan Ahmet Square (Sultanahmet Meydani).

Sadly to say, only three of the ancient monuments are still standing today at their original places that are visible to visitors.

Egyptian Obelisk (also called Obelisk of Thutmose III and Obelisk of Theodosius) was originally erected in Egypt during Pharaoh Tutmosis III rule and was brought to Istanbul by Emperor Theodosius.

Walled Obelisk or Constantine Obelisk was built by Emperor Constantine VII in memory of his grandfather.

Serpentine Column is part of bronze column used as a sacrificial tripod in ancient Greek. It is also known as Delphi Tripod and Plataean Tripod.

There’s another monument found there, German Fountain or Willhelm II Fountain, which is constructed at a much later era.

This gazebo liked fountain is built to commemorate German Emperor’s visit to Istanbul.

When you travel with small children, all facts and stories about places you visited that your tour guide was telling are lost gone with the wind. It's simply difficult to stay put and pay attention. Mana nak layan soalan anak, nak ligan anak, nak peghati depa buat apa, mana la dan nak dengaq apa yang tour guide dok cakap kat depan tu.

* Information are sourced from Wikipedia

Address: Sultan Ahmet Mh., Mimar Mehmet Aga Cd No: 38, Istanbul, Turkey.

0 notes of inspiration: