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Constantine Column, Istanbul

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The Column of Constantine, also known as the Burnt Stone or the Burnt Pillar, is a Roman monumental column constructed on the orders of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great in 330 AD. It commemorates the declaration of Byzantium as the new capital city of the Roman Empire. The column is located on Yeniçeriler Caddesi in the eponymous neighborhood of Çemberlitaş, Fatih, central Istanbul, along the old Divan Yolu between the Hippodrome of Constantinople and the Forum of Theodosius .HistoryThe column was dedicated on May 11, 330 AD, with a mix of Christian and pagan ceremonies.In Constantine's day the column was at the center of the Forum of Constantine (today known as Çemberlitaş Square), an oval forum situated outside the city walls in the vicinity of what may have been the west gate of Antoninia. On its erection, the column was 50 meters tall, constructed of several cylindrical porphyry blocks. The exact number of porphyry blocks is disputed, but common figures range from seven, up to as many as eleven. These blocks were surmounted by a statue of Constantine in the figure of Apollo. The orb he carried was said to contain a fragment of the True Cross. At the foot of the column was a sanctuary which contained relics allegedly from the crosses of the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus Christ at Calvary, the baskets from the loaves and fishes miracle, an alabaster ointment jar belonging to Mary Magdalene and used by her for anointing the head and feet of Jesus, and the palladium of ancient Rome (a wooden statue of Pallas Athena from Troy).
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  • The monument is interesting and worth a visit. It is located in the square of horse races. The monument was coated by bronze plates, but looks like it was ransacked during the Crusades.
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  • The Column of Constantine summarise the thousands years of history of Costantinopole. Byzantine and Roman and Ottoman. I am very glad to have it seen this time has the column has been in restoration f...  read more »
  • The Constantine Column is located in a small square by the main street between the Grand Bazaar and Sultanahmet Square. In a city full of historical monuments and excited by the fact that the Grand Ba...  read more »
  • Unlike the Egyptian Obelisk, this is not a monolith but a column built of stones. Who erected it and when it was built are not known. According to the inscriptions, it was renovated and restored to have a more beautiful appearance by Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus and his son Romanus II in the 10C AD. The original column should have been from the 4C or 5C AD. It is 32 m / 105 ft high and after three steps comes the marble base at the bottom. It is also thought that all the surfaces of the column were covered with bronze relief pieces which probably were plundered during the 4th Crusade in 1204, and today it is possible to find some of these pieces used in the decoration of St. Mark Square in Venice.
  • The most important monument for Constantine in istanbul city history. However unfortunately there is any special mark to let people know the story of this statue and quite dirty around it. So sad :(
  • Monumental column erected by Constantine.
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