The Hippodrome of Constantinople was the Byzantine metropolis's sporting hub, a place to watch (and bet on) chariot races. It mirrored similar open-air venues elsewhere in the Greco-Roman world: hippodromes being Grecian stadiums and "circuses" the Roman variant. (Thus the Hippodrome of Constantinople is, technically speaking, a circus.) Most of the Hippodrome is gone, but its footprint lives on as the Sultan Ahmet Square, which still displays a few Classical relics: the Serpent Column, for instance, built to commemorate the Greek victory during the Persian Wars and brought to Constantinople by Constantine the Great; and the Obelisk of Theodosius, of Ancient Egyptian vintage. More recent monuments of the square include the German Fountain, made in 1900 to honor Kaiser Wilhelm II's visit to Istanbul.
Detailed collection of accurate architectural models of historic Turkish buildings. Museum includes... Read more