Built at the same time as the Lateran Obelisk that stands in the Circus Maximus in Rome, the Egyptian Obelisk was made of red granite from Aswan and once stood 30 meters tall. Due to damage to the base during transport, today it stands just under 20 meters high, not including its pedestal. The four sides of the obelisk feature inscriptions celebrating a military victory by Thutmose III in 1450 B.C. and carvings on the marble pedestal date back to 390, when it was re-erected in the Hippodrome.
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This private tour of Istanbul's old town district is a wonderful mix of history and culture, enriched by an expert tour guide.
Location: İstanbul, Turkey
Fly to Istanbul and spend a great day in this fascinating metropolis on the Bosphorus, the only one in the world which is located on two continents. In one day ... Read more
Location: Belek, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)