Column of the Maiden
Column of the Maiden
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About
The Column of Marcian, or the “Column of the Maiden” (Turkish: Kiztasi) as it is known in Turkish, was erected in memory of the Byzantine Emperor Marcian in 455 C.E. For many years it was kept in the garden of a private house and remained hidden from the public view until it was discovered in 1908 in the course reconstruction after a fire.
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The area
Neighborhood: Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
How to get there
  • Vezneciler • 8 min walk
  • Aksaray • 9 min walk
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junior1907
Istanbul, Türkiye196,162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
Kıztaşı,also known as the Column of Marcian,is located in İskenderpaşa district of Fatih area of İstanbul on European side.İt is more than 1500 years old.Due to its very central location,it is easy and convenient to reach at by various means of public transportation bus and minibus services.
Written October 30, 2014
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Hikerwriter
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
My husband and I were staying in Fatih in an apartment near the column. It's interesting to note if you're in the area, but not worth going out of your way to see.
Written March 16, 2016
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