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What can I say about this place... It is close to the blue mosque, souvenirs shops and a cafe. Decent monument for you to look at and contemplate on life as your wife/ partner does shopping for souvenirs and rugs.
I loved the structure. It was in the hippodrome. Photo opportunities are abound and it is steeped in history. Easily to spend about on hour soaking all 3 structures in the hippodrome before moving on to the next attraction.
This is one of the major monuments in the hippodrome, in addition to the serpent column and walled obelisk. This Thutmose obelist was in luxor egypt since 1490 BC, and brought to istanbul in 390 AD. Crazy old monument
Solid block of granite with hieroglyphics on. To see the size of the obelisk and mull on how it had been transported, without the use of today's technology is rewarding in itself. Right in the middle of the Hippodrome of old Istanbul. Area is also...More
It may only be a third of the original obelisk exported from Egypt in the year 390 but still very impressive and if you look down, you can where the Hippodrome ground once was and how much has been built on to raise the ground.
This is all part of the Hippodrome experience. It is just amazing to see such a massive structure that has been transported all the way from Egypt to Turkey. As the Hippodrome itself lacks structure as most the built structure is missing, this certainly adds...More
Quite honestly, the history (built in Egypt, then transported to Istanbul and reconstructed piece by piece) is more interesting than the obelisk itself, and it isn't something I would have made a special effort to see. However, it's worth a stop and a look when...More
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening
nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.