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Hippodrome (At Meydani)

Istanbul, Turkey
+90 536 346 00 36
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The ancient Hippodrome was the center of Byzantine civic life, from political and theological controversies to chariot races and riots. Built in 203 by Emperor Septimus Severus, it is estimated that the arena could accommodate up to 100,000 spectators.
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“german fountain” (36 reviews)
“chariot races” (37 reviews)
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Istanbul, Turkey
Sultanahmet
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"german fountain"
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"egyptian obelisk"
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"chariot races"
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"historical square"
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"race track"
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"roman times"
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"roman empire"
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"nice walk"
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"hagia sophia"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Free. Worth a walk around as some beautiful bits to see and do :) close to the basilica cystern, blue mosque, aya sofia, sultan atmed tomb

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This attraction is a free for all, used to a be magnificent building built, but what’s left are just two obelisks and a serpentine column.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of the tourist scene in the Sultanahmet but worth the time to wander and explore its history. There was also a very good craft village running along its length with stalls with a difference.

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Reviewed May 12, 2018

This is a pleasant and calm place to wander. The various items that have been brought from other parts of the Byzantine Empire to this location are amazing. It is not possible to really get a feel of the stadium but so good that this...More

Thank Sus1952
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

Hippodrome Square shows the manifestation of the magnitude of civilization and the nation in Turkey. The rest of the civilization can be seen in the presence of two monuments and a snake-shaped statue that located between the two monuments. This location is quite crowded because...More

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Reviewed April 6, 2018

The Hippodrome is a square between the Hayha Sofya and the Blue Mosque (closed to mid May 2018). Here you find two obelisque which sank in to the the ground somethat. Its a worth a nice walk across and back. You see peolple walking araound...More

Thank Keule1965
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

The Hippodrome is just one big area, more like a plaza with a few trees and that's about all. However it is steeped in history. This was the racecourse in Byzantine times when big chariot and horse races would take place. An important historic relic...More

Thank Dimitris L
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Reviewed March 8, 2018 via mobile

Nice area to walk around next to blue mosque. This is the location of the serpents column and obelisks. Worth a visit

Thank Daniel F
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Reviewed February 16, 2018 via mobile

For those who love historical places if u reach blue mosque.. Just walk beside it u will find hippodrome. Well definition is mentioned on each place. That makes u feel & imagine what was going on on the same region u are walking by.

Thank dentoman
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Reviewed February 13, 2018 via mobile

The meydani in itself it's a beautiful walkway. There is so much history and not all tourists get to this point unless they are into history or architecture. Hippodrome, houses 3 historical columns and a fountain. You don't need a guide to this place as...More

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stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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Response from seijinm82 | Reviewed this property |
This place is an open area without entry tickets. What’s left in this place are just ruins; so it won’t take more than 20 minutes to see whatever that remains standing here. But you can spend some time strolling around the... More
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