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“Beautiful old tower” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Constantine Column

Constantine Column
Yeniceriler Cad | Divan Yolu, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #217 of 1,271 things to do in Istanbul
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“Beautiful old tower”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Historical beauty... Incredible to be able to admire such an old historical monument at the edge of the historical area.

Visited January 2013
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“Passing by”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

Didn't realise this was what we passed by as we walked home from the Grand Bazaar towards Gulhane. Took a picture as it looked like it should be identifiable on the map :) glad I took it.

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“Historical land mark of past periods”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is the only Column of Byzentine period in this area.
Read about it before arriving in Istanbul.

Visited August 2012
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“Not well identified and signalised, but historically important”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Other than it's not well maintained and signalised and doesn't really look very appealing today, the column has important historic significance. It is one of the most important examples of Roman art in Istanbul. It was brought to Constantinople from the Temple of Apollo by the emperor Constantine I between 325-328 AD. It commemorates the declaration of Byzantium (renamed by Constantine as Nova Roma) as the new capital city of the Roman Empire. Back in the days, the Column of Constantine must have looked very imposing indeed. On its erection, it was 50 meters tall, constructed of nine cylindrical porphyry blocks surmounted by a statue of Constantine in the figure of Apollo. The orb he carried was said to contain a fragment of the True Cross. At the foot of the column was a sanctuary which contained important religious relics.
It's sad that the Turkish authorities don't put much effort to maintain and restore the monuments of the Christianity. After all, these monuments are a world heritage and deserve much more!

Visited August 2012
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“Not sign posted”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Like other tourists we past this monument on our many walks between our Double Tree Hilton hotel and the Sultanahmet. Had no idea what it was until we looked in the Lonely Planet guide. Not worth a special trip - just enjoy if you happen to notice it. Pretty ugly really.

Visited July 2012
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