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Obelisk of III. Tutmosis

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An Egyptian obelisk in Turkey! The Obelisk of Theodosius is located close to the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque and is within walking distance from the Sultanahmet tram stop. It is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
London, United Kingdom

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An Egyptian obelisk in Turkey! The Obelisk of Theodosius is located close to the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque and is within walking distance from the Sultanahmet tram stop. It is really interesting to see the monument although it looks a little bit damaged. Unfortunately, I did not read up much about it and didn’t find any guides to tell... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

At the heart of the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet, Istanbul's historic centre, this obelisk has witnessed centuries of history unfold before it. Its size is impressive, as is its setting. Not to be missed

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see on the Hippodrome. Unfortunately near the January tragedy, though. It is amazing to think how old this monument is.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Though this pink granite obelisk was erected in Egypt during the reign of Thutmose III (1479 B.C. to 1425 B.C.), it now carries the name of Emperor Theodosius. He brought the obelisk to Constantinople in 390 A.D. and had it erected on the hippodrome, now the Sultanahmet Square. This obelisk is one of the few relics left from the hippodrome,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Also known as the Obelisk of Theodosius. Located in the Hippodrome near the Blue Mosque it's well worth a stop as you explore the area. There's a Latin inscription on the base which may be worth a look if you remember how to use that language and its abbreviated forms.

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Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The Obelisk of Theodosius is the Ancient Egyptian obelisk of Pharaoh Thutmose III. It was re-erected in the Hippodrome area of Istanbul, Turkey by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in the 4th century AD

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

The Obelisk of III. Tutmosis is located in the Hippodrome area opposite the Blue Mosque. It is one of 3 statues. Well worth a visit. It is in very good order.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

One of the remnants from thousands of years ago. The amazing thing is it has survived through many earthquakes. supported by brass stand and marble base

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Having seen the twin of this obelisk in the Karnak, it was nice to be able to see this one in Istanbul. Mind you, this one is one third shorter than its sister in Luxor, but it still is impressive - especially bearing in mind that it is 3 500 years old. The obelisk is placed at the hippodrome area... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

With the incredible blue mosque nearby, the significance of this historical landmark is many times overlooked. This is one of only twenty-nine Ancient Egyptian Obelisks in the world and was originally erected by Tutmosis III (1479–1425 BC) at the great temple of Karnak. The Roman Emperor Constantius II (337–361 AD) had it and another obelisk transported along the River Nile... More 

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