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Egyptian Obelisk

Hippodrome Square, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #98 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We walked by this after visiting the Blue Mosque. It is free. Our guide provided a lot of historical information. A great part of history. Watch for all the people selling things. We were told everything is available somewhere else for less money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

As you are wandering around the grounds by the Blue Mosque you will encounter this graceful Egyptian structure. Be sure to take note of the the base structure that the obelisk sits on. You will the Emperor surrounded by this sons and high officials and common people watching the games at the ancient Hippodrome.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

This is worth seeing but you don't have to make a special visit if you are visiting the blue mosque because inevitably the queue will be by it. It is free and you can see another obelisk which was built by the Turkish in blocks and originally covered beautifully but plundered through the ages.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The obelisk is an unexpected sight in Istanbul but impressive to see. It is easy to spot between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. It isn't all that special but worth a look. You don' t have to go out of your way to find it. It is very old-said to have been built in 1490 BC and brought to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Didn't know about this until in front of it. Interesting story, and looks very impressive in the square.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

It's not a site you visit, it's in the heart of the piazza near the blue mosque and Hagia Sophia. Really old and represents the civilization of Egypt.

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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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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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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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