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Egyptian Obelisk

The Egyptian Obelisk is also known as the Obelisk of Theodosius or the Obelisk of Thutmose III. The Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III originally ordered the construction of the obelisk in the 15th century B.C. at the temple of Karnak, near present-day Luxor. The Roman Emperor Constantius II transported the obelisk up the Nile River to Alexandria in the year 357 to commemorate his twentieth year in power. It remained there until Byzantine Emperor Theodosius moved it to Istanbul in 390 and erected it what was then known as the Hippodrome of Constantinople.

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.

Practical Information

The Obelisk still stands on the site of the Hippodrome, now known as Sultan Ahmet Square (also At Meydani or Sultan Ahmet Meydani), not far from the Blue Mosque. Get there by taking the tram to the Sultanahmet stop.

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Private Tour: Istanbul Classic Walking Tour, Istanbul, null
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Private Tour: Istanbul Classic Walking Tour

Explore Istanbul like a local on this private full-day classic walking tour of Istanbul. Discover the many beautiful areas of this cosmopolitan city by foot ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.50
Morning Tour of Istanbul Old Town, Istanbul, Walking Tours
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Morning Tour of Istanbul Old Town

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Get the great chance to see and enjoy the old town of Istanbul. Experience UNESCO site of Sultanahmet , Old Istanbul with an extensive guided walking tour. ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.20
Historical Istanbul Tour in 1-Day, Istanbul, Cultural Tours
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Historical Istanbul Tour in 1-Day

A perfect introduction to the historical area of Istanbul in 1 day. Conducted by an expert guide, this tour includes the most important sights of the city ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.93
Half-Day Istanbul City Tour From Cruise Port, Istanbul, Cultural Tours
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Half-Day Istanbul City Tour From Cruise Port

Istanbul embraces two continents, one arm reaching out to Asia, the other to Europe. Through the city’s heart, the Bosphorus strait, courses the waters of the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Istanbul City Tour From Cruise Port, Istanbul, Half-day Tours
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Full-Day Istanbul City Tour From Cruise Port

Istanbul embraces two continents  , one arm reaching out to Asia, the other to Europe. Through the city’s heart, the Bosphorus strait, courses the waters of ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour

Immerse in Istanbul's UNESCO-listed Old City and visit the highlights of the ancient city of Constantinople on this 9-hour, small-group sightseeing tour led ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.40
Full-Day Private Tour: The Classics from Istanbul, Istanbul, City Tours
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Full-Day Private Tour: The Classics from Istanbul

Feast your eyes on a full-day private guided sightseeing tour of several of Istanbul's greatest architectural achievements. Your private car can accommodate ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $371.08
Private Tour: Discovering Istanbul, Istanbul, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Discovering Istanbul

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
Duration: Flexible

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Istanbul 1-Day Tour with Flight from Side, Side, Cultural Tours
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Istanbul 1-Day Tour with Flight from Side

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Location: Side, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Istanbul 1-Day Guided Tour from Belek including Domestic Flights, Belek, Day Trips
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Istanbul 1-Day Guided Tour from Belek including Domestic Flights

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.)

From USD $216.10

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