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Obelisk of III. Tutmosis

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

It's an open area, don't forget your sunblock cream. Take photos and enjoy the nice views, you can see the big bus tour buses.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is also known as the Egyptian Obelisk and the Obelisk of Theodosius. This obelisk was brought to Istanbul from Egypt in 390 AD. It was brought in three pieces, and what is seen at the Hippodrome is essentially just the top third. It is thought to have been made/carved in the 16th Century BC, which makes it 3500 years... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

It's an open area, don't forget your sunblock cream. Take photos and enjoy the nice views, you can see the big bus tour buses.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

On our 1st morning in Istanbul, 24th February 2015, we visited Hippodrome early morning (8:11am) so that after visiting it we could line up at the entrance of Hagia Sofia at its opening time, which gets crowded later on. Our hotel was near thus we just walked to reach here. Not much to see but if you have read about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We saw this as part of a guided tour in which the Hippodrome area was included. To see such a structure from ancient Egyptian times, and hear it's story was something amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

this remnant of ancient Egypt is located near the Blue mosque and Hippodrome and has been standing in this location for over 1700 years. Considering its age, and the fact that it was moved here from elsewhere, it must be one of the oldest monuments in Istanbul, It is still in pretty good shape considering all those years out in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

How the guys could bring such peace of stone ... althought you can see just 1/3 of original size, brought from Egypt

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Has a lot of history behind it and reading about it on Wikipedia / google before you visit the place is always good as it will help appreciated this structure. The obelisk is located in Sultanahmet where there are numerous other attractions and lots or tourists around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Erected in 390 A.D. this obelisk is a beautiful structure and in excellent condition. The base of the obelisk, depicts events of historical significance so take the time to examine and appreciate what is being shown in the carvings.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Located in the Hippodrome of Istanbul this attraction, along with the Fountain of Wilhelm II and the Serpentine column make up the minor points of interest placed along the pedestrian only thoroughfare. The Obelisk itself is very interesting for the ancient history buff, the moving of such an item in ancient days must have been a real feat and thankfully... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Nice to see some history being kept. It's not the tallest one, but it looks good. No must, but if you're going to the blue mosque it's easy to pass by.

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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