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. Plan to visit Hippodrome (At Meydani) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Istanbul attractions using our Istanbul trip planner .
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  • July 12, 2017
    This in the middle of all most touristy of Stambul but does not give or has unless you guide. glued to the Blue Mosque and Ayasoffia
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  • July 12, 2017
    At the the time we visited the Hippodrome it was nearly empty. We have always been travelers to out of favor destinations and this is the perfect example. There were no crowds to fight and evevrything...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    It is very good Picnic Spot to spent the time in the evening close to Blue Mosque and Aya Sophia Museum.  more »
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