Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Egypt & Turkey Part 22: Obelisk of Theodosius

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In front of the Blue Mosque is the Hippodrome, now called Sultan Ahmet Square. 

The Hippodrome was a sporting and social center. A popular place for horse and cart racing.

In the center of the square there is the Obelisk of Theodosius. 

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Here is the base of the Obelisk of Thutmosis

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 Here you have Obelisk of Theodosius.

Theodosius the Great, in 390 brought this obelisk from Egypt and put it inside the racing track. It is all carved from pink granite, it was cut into three pieces, and now only two parts of it survive. The bottom and the top of the obelisk. It is over 3500 years and still in amazing condition. 

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