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Egyptian Obelisk

Hippodrome Square, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #89 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
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Altoona, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Egyptian Obelisk was built around 1500 BC and stood outside Luxor until Constantine had it brought to Constantinople (Istanbul) around 324 AD. The obelisk is actually broken and this is only one third of its actual height. It stands in what was once the Hippodrome. If for no other reason...one needs to take a look at something that is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

This edifice is one of the oldest historic objects you can find in Istambul. Easy to reach. In my humble opinion the best time to visit it is nighttime, when Atmosphere around the hippodrome is very special.

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cairo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Nothing to do there but just nice to take a photo near this attraction , it is to he left side of the blue mosque and a lot of shops are there

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Very nice for a good family picture with Obelisk behind you and then continue walking in the street,not more than that...

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Chicago, Il
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Neat carved obelisk. One of the more unique ones in the city. Unlike a lot of the smaller stuff in the area it's worth the couple minute walk to go check it out.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This doesn't look terribly old or impressive then you find out how old it actually is and wow. But it is just an obelisk at the end of the day, nothing special. Not worth going out of your way to see it.

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Kuala Lumpur
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I went during daytime prior my visit to Aya Sofia. There are several souvenir shops neary. Good photo op.

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Athens, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

It is an impressive detail in this part of the city with all the mosques. However, you can see many similar obelisks all around the world! It is beautiful but not unique!

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Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Have a look if you are in the area, which no doubt you will be, as it is very near to the side entrance to the Blue Mosque. The obelisk appears particularly interesting when lit at night, though the detail of the hieroglyphs are not so easy to see. Also, if you want to photograph it, there are less tourists... More

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Norddeutschland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

This Obelisk is pretty close to the many most major tourist attractions of the area and since it is place in the middle fo a large open place it can hardly carry over the greatness in mwas meant to imply. Sadly no kind of information is given so unless you have a good guide or travel book the meaning is... More

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