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Serpent Column, Istanbul

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The Serpent Column, also known as the Serpentine Column, Plataean Tripod or Delphi Tripod, is an ancient bronze column at the Hippodrome of Constantinople (known as Atmeydanı "Horse Square" in the Ottoman period) in what is now Istanbul, Turkey. It is part of an ancient Greek sacrificial tripod, originally in Delphi and relocated to Constantinople by Constantine the Great in 324. It was built to commemorate the Greeks who fought and defeated the Persian Empire at the Battle of Plataea (479 BC). The serpent heads of the 8m high column remained intact until the end of the 17th century (one is on display at the nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museums).
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  • The Serpent Column is an ancient bronze column located in the Hippodrome. it's rather unremarkable, and it wasn't until I had done some research that I understood its importance in Turkish history as ...  more »
  • Unfortunately the Trikarinos Serpent is uncared for, exposed to weathering and in garbage can fly anyone in his enclosure and if you happen to any bird that can comfortably sit on it and the koytsoylisei. A shame for such an ancient object is in this State!
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  • Although only a fragment of the columns, the history of this impressive attractions. In Greece in 479 BC, it was the 8-meter column-kadilnica with three holding serpents on a tripod with a bowl. With 324 a year column in Constantinople. Unfortunately, Bowl and tripod lost, but a fragment of one's head is kept in the archaeological museum.
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  • The Ancient Hippodrome from the Roman period had many monuments in its central axis. One of these monuments was the Serpentine Column which was brought from Delphi in Greece. It is made with bronze with three intertwined serpents. The Hippodrome was destroyed and plundered in 1204 by the Crusaders. During the Turkish period it lost its popularity, especially with the construction of the Blue Mosque. The ancient Hippodrome changed its name and became Atmeydanı (Horse Square), a place where Ottomans trained their horses.
  • The Serpent column consists of a bronze column with three entangling snakes. Originally their heads wore a golden tripod. The reconstruction of the monument is controversial. A "great solution" is discussed over this three feet, question was, which one the feet served as the central support of the column.
  • The column is nowadays incomplete, the head is now at the Istanbul archeological museum. It was part of an ancient Greek sacrificial tripod, originally from Delphi and relocated to Constantinople by Constantine the Great in 324. It was built to commemorate the Greeks who fought and defeated the Persian Empire.
  • Very interesting and mysterious column, apparently the metal used to make the column is all the shields and armor of the Persians who lost battles to the Greeks. There is supposed to be a golden bowl on top of the column, supported on the now missing serpent heads. For the ones curious about the 3 missing serpent heads, pieces of it are supposed to be in the Arcehological museums not so far from the column. It’s depictions can also be seen from 16th century Ottoman illustrations of festivals. One such illustration’s copy poster is in the Topkapi palace’s kitchen section where the tableware of ottomans are being exhibited.
  • Our tour guide informed us that the column was made from melted swords and it's just something cooll to look at
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