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Hippodrome (At Meydani), Istanbul

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Explore the remnants of the original Hippodrome (At Meydani), a circus that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople. Named after the Greek words meaning "horse path," the area used to host horse and chariot racing, and is thought to have had a seating capacity of 100,000. It was also used to host elaborate celebrations for circumcision ceremonies of the sons of Sultan Ahmed III. The actual track now sits below the present square, which features preserved monuments such as the middle barrier of the race course, two obelisks, and the Serpentine Column. The area includes an octogonal domed fountain that was constructed by the German governor to commemorate Emperor Wilhelm's visit to the city in 1891. Explore the square, visit the nearby museums, and learn more about the history of the track. Note that the square is centrally located to the city's other attractions, making it easily accessible on foot. Put Hippodrome (At Meydani) into our Istanbul itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The best thing about this place is it is virtually pedestrianised. You can take your time walking slowly and taking in the sites. There are a few columns and obelisks, including a beautiful one from E...  more »
  • This used to be the venue of ancient Roman Chariot race; enjoy the space; see the monuments: Serpent column and the 2 Obelisks. 
  • Once upon a time [edit] hipodrumu. The magnificent Blue Mosque on one side, the other side View İbrahim Pasha Palace, URvs.her, as well as a history of the German Fountain Square.
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