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Sultanahmet Square

Listed under Historic Streets and Squares in Istanbul, Turkey.

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This square used to be Constantinople's Hippodrome, with the circus and the theatre and the sports, and you can still see the ruins of the original buildings and a few choice monuments. Look out for the black Serpent Column, which is an ancient twisted metal pillar, the Obelisk of Thutmose III, in pink granite, brought over from Luxor, the Walled Obelisk and the Spina, which was the original middle barrier of the race course, you can see the markings of the track, but it's actually several metres below the surface now.

Written by  Eric Hallum.

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