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Obelisk of III. Tutmosis

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Address: Sultanahmat Meydani | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul Old Town

located in the hippodrome in Sultanahmet , near the famous historical places ( blue mosque - Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia )

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Casablanca, Morocco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The column was dedicated on May 11, 330 AD. This obelisk has seen gale force winds, fire and earthquakes and is still standing. Maybe it can withstand another 1687 years. A must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While this obelisk is located right in the center of the old town and most people glance over it, it seems to be a bit underrated. Here are a few reasons why. 1. This is probably the oldest human made artifact on this size in Istanbul. 2. There are a lot of carved stone around but this is made of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

located in the hippodrome in Sultanahmet , near the famous historical places ( blue mosque - Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia )

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Zagreb, Croatia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Obelisk is situated just in front of the one of the biggest attractions in Istanbul, Blue mosque. It is especially nice in the evening.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Located in the Hippodrome square the Egyptian Obelisk is a popular attaraction and you can read up on the history of it. The Roman emperor Theodosius I has the obelisk moved to Istanbul in the 4th century.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Situated in hippodrome square and one of the attractions on it ! It was brought to Istanbul by Theodosius and erected ! Must see

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

The obelisk is a surprise in its surroundings in Istanbul. The craftsmanship of the original obelisk needs to be admired from the bottom up. Imagine that this obelisk has withstood the earthquakes that hit Istanbul. Well worth reading up on the history before visiting it.

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Amman, Jordan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

I don't know why I think obelisks should only be where it should be in Egypt, however I love seeing those hieroglyphic symbols because it makes me feel totally impressed. This obelisk breaks the routine of Istanbul and adds something special to the scenic beauty of the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

This Obelisk is a must see at the Sultan Ahmet Square. Once you are at the square you will see it right in front of you.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Originally located in Alexandria, the Obelisk was moved by Roman emperor Constantius II to Constantinople and placed in the centre or the Hippodrome. Despite being damaged in transit to its current location and somewhat shorter than original, it still makes an impressive sight. See it whilst visiting the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia.

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere 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 retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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