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Address: Sultanahmat Meydani | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

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Missing Its Bottom

The most interesting thing about this obelisk is that at one time it was 90 meters high, but broke on route. Asking my guide what happened to the bottom, he was confused and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Where else can you see history compounded like this, a juxtaposition of modern, ancient, and even more ancient all together? Just a fascinating sight to behold; one wonders if ancient Byzantines stood around and gawked at the ancient artifact in the same way we stand around and gawk at theirs?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The most interesting thing about this obelisk is that at one time it was 90 meters high, but broke on route. Asking my guide what happened to the bottom, he was confused and simply stated that no one knows. It is very well maintained and has a nicely made Roman base. Just as nice as some of the ones I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Close to the Blue Mosque we walked past this every day on our way out. It is beautiful day and night and an interesting and unusual thing to say.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We walked past here everyday and it looks beautiful both day and night in fantastic surroundings. It's worth reading the story behind it which is on a board nearby (in several languages) as the history is very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This area of Istanbul is so full of history and the obelisks add their part to the city's story. At first, I wondered if they were copies as the hieroglyphs just seemed so clear, like they were carved yesterday. Take a picture as you head to the Blue Mosque and make your way across the Hippodrome and ask yourself where... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Thisi is the second one in the square a hundred yards or so from the first one. Worth walking over and checking out the inscriptions. Otherwise its just a block of stone.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Around 1490 BC the Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III erected two obelisks before the Karnak temple in Luxor to commemorate the victories of his forces in Mesopotamia. The obelisks were made of rare pink granite. In the 4th century AD, an unknown Roman emperor who wanted to accomplish something impressive that would create excitement among his people had the colossal obelisk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Seems whenever someone runs over Egypt they get to bring home an Obelisk. Saw it in Rome and now here. Always predates anything this or the Roman culture did by a couple of thousand years.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Yes, it's very old, and it has lots of hieroglyphs, and you don't have to go to the Valley of the Kings to see it, because Theodosius brought it to Istanbul. Have a look, take a picture, and try not to get run over by the taxis when you are trying to get the whole thing in shot.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It was so close to our hotel that we passed every day through this square! It's nice obelisk but nothing spectacular...

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