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Obelisk of III. Tutmosis

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Address: Sultanahmat Meydani | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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Monument at Sultanahmet Street

Historic monument at Sultanahmet street, good for taking pictures... close to central and main area of istanbul with many tourist spots, shopping, park, restaurants.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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Singapore, Singapore
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The obelisk itself is not that great, the only reason to visit it is that it is right opposite the blue mosque entrance - and at that point why not swing by it. I would not expect too much out of this one.

Thank Abdulla C
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a quick stop during our trip. A nice historical place that shows the Egyptian history on display.

Thank Amre M
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Obelisk erected by the Pharoah Tutmosis III in 1400 BC in Egypt, was brought in by Roman Emperor Theodosius I in the 4th century AD and re-erected in the Hippodrome of Contantinople in Istanbul. It is erected just outside the Istanbul Museum and people throng around for pictures as its one of the oldest monument in Istanbul.

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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Historic monument at Sultanahmet street, good for taking pictures... close to central and main area of istanbul with many tourist spots, shopping, park, restaurants.

Thank TraveKings
Concord, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Egyptian Obelisk was brought and placed here in the middle of Hippodrome (which no longer exists.) Read the history before you visit to get the most out of it.

Thank Jayant K
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is an ancient Turkish obelisk located near the Blue Mosque. There are some souvenir shops opposite this obelisk. Hieroglyphic scripts are printed on this tower.

Thank JoyShurjo
Pattaya, Thailand
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Built on the site of the ancient hippodrome equine race track of old Constantinople...near the Blue Mosque in the Historic district. Similar to the Washington Monument or Paris' Place de la Concorde, but with etchings...good for a pic or two.

Thank Larry M
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

The Obelisk of Ill. Tutmosis has its origins in ancient Egypt. The Emperor Theodosius had he obelisk transferred to Constantinople (now Istanbul). It was erected on the Hippodrome, or ancient horse racing track. It's in the Sultan Ahmet district, not far from the Blue Mosque, it's hard to miss if you are in the area. It might make an interesting... More 

Thank Jeffry B
Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

This magnificent granite obelisk has travelled all the way from Middle Kingdom Egypt via Ancient Rome to stand in its current position in the centre of the former Hippodrome. Dating from 1500 BC, it is a beautiful and impressive obelisk the hieroglyphics of which are still visible after 35 centuries. It is a reminder that Istanbul is not just the... More 

Thank Raymond W
Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This structure stands in the square between Hagia Sofia and The Blue Mosque and is a must see site. It is within easy reach of Sultanhamet Tram Stop.

Thank thewanderinggypsy

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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