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“There was a cross on top of the column”
Review of Cemberlitas Sutunu

Cemberlitas Sutunu
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Reviewed April 28, 2017

The cross was believed to save constantinople from all evil like earthquakes, invasion attacks, etc. Underneth the column there were rumors that the sacred cup, and dress of jesus christ was buried. Pope visited ghe column and a digging was made I remember, perhaps 30 yrs ago.ITS BELIEVED THAT THE WORLD WILL COME TO AN END WHEN THE COLUMN COLLAPSES DOWN!

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Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

Ancient Istanbul has many wonderful treasures and this is one of them. However, you can't read up on it at the site - well I could not find anything like the three language signs that are all over old Istanbul.

Read up before you get there, or carry a guide

Thank Roddy P
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

Its in old Town, was walking and it caught my eye. That's when I figured out what is wall. The photos are correct, birds hanging off of it everywhere. A great picture shot been around since almost 330 AD.

Thank G L
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

This column is very centrally located, so if you start moving around the Old Town you're very likely to see it at some point. It's really old but besides that it's probably not a place to specially plan a visit to.

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Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

We came across this odd looking column whenever we travelled on Divanyolu. It was a landmark that helped my daughters navigate their way to our hotel. Çemberlitaş is a Turkish word which means "stone with hoops". As you walk down the Divan Yolu from the Grand Bazar towards Sultanahmet, along the tram track, you will see this column on your left side. This column was constructed by Emperor Constantine in year 330. It was erected in order to declare that the Roman Empire had a new capital called Constantinople. Though now all we can see is a tall, old and sorry looking stone pillar but at the height of Constantine's rule it was a major landmark and center of the Forum of Constantine. There used to be a grand statue of the Emperor, in the form of god Apollo, fixed on top of this column which was destroyed by a strong storm and replaced by a cross, which later was removed by the Muslim Ottomans. In 1779 a devastating fire ravaged this area including this column. Since then it was nicknamed the "Burnt Stone". We frequently used the tram stop next to it called Çemberlitaş Stop.

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