Obelisk of Theodosius

Obelisk of Theodosius information

Location
Istanbul , Turkey
Address
Hippodrome, Atmeydanı Caddesi
Getting there
Tram: Sultanahmet
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In the centre of the Hippodrome, this immaculately preserved pink granite obelisk was carved in Egypt during the reign of Thutmose III (r 1549–1503 BC) and erected in the Amon-Re temple at Karnak. Theodosius the Great (r 379–95) had it brought from Egypt to Constantinople in AD 390. On the marble podium below the obelisk, look for the carvings of Theodosius, his wife, his sons, state officials and bodyguards watching the chariot-race action from the kathisma (imperial box).