Friday, July 8, 2016

Istanbul: Hippodrome Sultanahmet nearby to Blue Mosque and St. Sophia in Turkey


Hippodrome of Constantinople was built as a horse racing track (Chariot race) during Byzantine Empire. The word hippdrome comes from Greek. Hippos means horse and drome means (path or way). However, Hippodrome was ruined down when the Ottoman Turks took over the city in 1453 and turned it into the Capital of Ottoman Empire. 

Hippodrome has transformed into a beautiful park in Sultanahmet at Istanbul, Turkey. You are able to see some fragments of the original structure which are  surviving at Hippodrome until today. There are Walled Obelisk, Serpent Column, Obelisk of Thutmose III and German Fountain. Hippodrome is a short walking distance from Blue Mosque and St Sophia which are located in Sultanahmet area. It is highly recommended to stay at a hotel in Sultanahmet area since all the historical sites are situated there such as Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace too. 

All you need to do is to enjoy strolling at the Hippodrome park in Sultanahmet at Istanbul, Turkey. Vehicles aren't allowed in Sultanahmet area. Thus, you need to walk a lot to visit all the historical sites there. 

Do NOT get frightened when seeing street dogs at Sultanahmet. The locals told me that these street dogs are well fed and have been vaccinated, which are funded by the government and the local NGO there. The street dogs are normally fed in the evenings so, they normally sleep in the daytime. Although Turkey is a Muslim country, the locals prove they are animal lovers including dogs too.

Colouful Tulips can be seen all over Hippodrome and Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey
Colouful Tulips can be seen all over Hippodrome and Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey

Colourful Tulips are planted in Hippodrome and Sultanahmet at Istanbul, Turkey
Colourful Tulips are planted in Hippodrome and Sultanahmet at Istanbul, Turkey

Healthy street dogs are well-fed and vaccinated by government and NGOs at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey
Healthy street dogs are well-fed and vaccinated by government and NGOs at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey

Walled Obelisk at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey
Walled Obelisk at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk of Thutmose III was brought over by Theodosius, the Great from Egypt in 390 and placed it on a marble pedestal until today at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey
Obelisk of Thutmose III was brought over by Theodosius, the Great from Egypt in 390 and placed it on a marble pedestal until today at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk of Thutmose III (front) and Walled Obelisk (back) at Hippodrome of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey
Obelisk of Thutmose III (front) and Walled Obelisk (back) at Hippodrome of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey

Serpent Column was to celebrate the victory of the Greeks over the Persians which was located in the middle of the Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey
Serpent Column was to celebrate the victory of the Greeks over the Persians which was located in the middle of the Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey

German Fountain was built originated from Germany to commemorate the second anniversary of German Emperor WilhelmII's visit to Istanbul in 1898 at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey
German Fountain was built originated from Germany to commemorate the second anniversary of German Emperor WilhelmII's visit to Istanbul in 1898 at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey

German Fountain's octagonal dome has eight marble columns and dome's interior is covered with golden mosaics at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey
German Fountain's octagonal dome has eight marble columns and dome's interior is covered with golden mosaics at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey

Fontaine Guillaume (William Wilhelm German Fountain) at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey
Fontaine Guillaume (William Wilhelm German Fountain) at Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey

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