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Constantine Column

Yeniceriler Cad | Divan Yolu, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #173 of 644 attractions in Istanbul
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The column was erected to honor Constantine in 330 AD, when Istanbul was dedicated as the capital of the Roman Empire. It stood in the center of a large oval-shaped square on top of the second hill of Istanbul. This square,surrounded by colonnades, was called the Forum of Constantine. Çemberlitaş is also known as the Burnt Column. It was originally... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Like previous review mentioned "from afar it looks more like a hige rusted factory exhaust / chimney pipe". Most likely you saw this structure if you are nearby Sultanahment or using T1 Tram and might have passed it several times. Stop and take a few photos.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This was nice to see in person but nothing else about it was fascinating. It can be seen walking down the sultanahmet t1 line.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The column is old. It is quite high and large. however, it would take quite a bit of imagination to see it in all its pristine past glory especially given its current condition. from afar it looks more like a hige rusted factory exhaust / chimney pipe. It is huge. the condition of the monument is not that great though.... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The column is a roman vestige.Very tall but not in very good shape,it is tight belted with iron hoops to avoid its collapse.Nice illuminated in the night. All in all,interesting mainly by its age rather than its look.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

Worth passing whilst wandering up and down the streets, it's history is interesting, although you would probably just walk past it during the day. But at night, lit up it is worth seeing and photographing

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

To the reviewer two below: I do not beleive it and on should certainly not. Istanbul boasts a lot of things they even have the sauce pan of Abraham in the Topkapi (yes, they actually do claim this). Otherwise the column was lucky all along to have been left standing until today and since it is just on the main... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This rather ugly column is spectacular at night. It's just outside the Grand Bazaar along Divanyolu Caddesi. It's worth seeing as it has such an interesting history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

Incredible that this monument/obelisk is just at the side of a major road. Believe it or not but the base is supposed to contain Noah's Axe, Mary Magdelen's oil jug and the left over loaves from feeding the 5000. 100m away is the Mausoleum of Ahmet which is free and well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Unassuming yet impressive if you take the time to find it and linger. Look for it on your way from Sultanahmed to the Grand Bazar. It's amazing to see something this old still standing

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