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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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  • For me, one of the most emblematic and interesting attractions in Istanbul, although I'm kind of "off" in your historical and cultural value at the old Hippodrome of Constantinople ", today" At Meydanı ", the historic district of Sultanahmet, Istanbul today. The Serpent column, with 8 metres high, is part of an ancient Greek sacrificial tripod, which first stood in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi and later, in 324, was brought to Constantinople by the famous "Constantine the great" to the Hippodrome of Constantinople. This column was made with the metal casting of weapons of the Persians (which is why I found it so interesting), when they were defeated at the battle of Plataea in 479 BC. The three heads of snakes there column remained until the 13th century, when, according to the local guide, two of them would have been used during the Fourth Crusade for coining and remnants, is still intact in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.
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  • The broken head ruins the fun. Three entwined serpents probably mettalic standing beside the Egyptian obelisk.
  • It's broken. It's supposed to be a three headed snake about 40 feet tall. One of the surviving heads has been molded and they plan to restore this bronze work of pagen art.
  • Made using the spoils of war, melted down and this is what they created. It used to have a 3 headed snake on top but now it's gone and it looks broken. Still worth a quick visit.
  • After defeating the Persians at the battles of Salamis (480 BC) and Plataea (479 BC), the 31 Greek cities, by melting all the spoils that they obtained, made a huge bronze incense burner with three entwined serpents to be erected in front of the Apollo Temple in Delphi. Originally it was 8 m / 26.3 ft high, but today it is only 5.30 m / 17.4 ft. This column was brought here from Delphi by Constantine I in 4C AD. By looking at the records, it is possible to understand that it was standing at its place until the 16C. However it is not known what happened to the serpent heads after the 16C.
  • The Serpent Column. This isn't as impressive as it sounds. I think it's made of copper. But if you're in the area, it's worth checking out. The structure is a thousand years old which is most impressive to me. Apparently it was left unfinished.

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