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Egyptian Obelisk

Address: Hippodrome Square, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #112 of 670 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Istanbul
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Yes, it's very old, and it has lots of hieroglyphs, and you don't have to go to the Valley of the Kings to see it, because Theodosius brought it to Istanbul. Have a look, take a picture, and try not to get run over by the taxis when you are trying to get the whole thing in shot.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

In the heart of the Hippodrome is the Obelisk of Theodosius, an Egyptian obelisk originally displayed in Karnak in the 15th century b.c. To celebrate the 20 years of Constantinople, the Emperor Constantine relocated the Obelisk to Istanbul. One-third of the Obelisk is missing; however, the remaining portion of the Obelisk is still well preserved within the Hippodrome. The hieroglyphic... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The red granite Egyptian Obelisk (the Obelisk of Theodosius, the emperor who brought it from Egypt in the 4th century) is the oldest monument in Istanbul. The Egyptian Pharaon Thutmose III ordered the construction of the obelisk in the 15 century B.C. at the temple of Karnak. The four sides include inscriptions connected with a military victory of Thutmose III... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is what it is: a large Obelisk. There is not much to it, but it made me realize and think about some of the long history of Istanbul. It was interesting to see things like this around the city.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Nice obelisk. It's near the Blue Mosque and just one of so many things in this area that tells the city's story

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AUBERRY
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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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NJ
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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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Hereford, United Kingdom
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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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Tucson, AZ
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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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scotland
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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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