Column of the Goths

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Park İçi Yolu, Istanbul, Turkey

Column of the Goths Istanbul Reviews

EmEm EmEm
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The Oldest Intact Jun 01, 2017
The Column of the Goths( 18.5m) is the oldest monument of the Roman era in Istanbul, surviving intact up until our day. It is located in the exterior yard of Topkapi Palace, at the entrance of Sarayburnu of Gulhane Park.

It was made up of Proconnesian marble in a single block. The column head was ornamented by eagle emblem in Corinthian style. The name of the column comes from the abbreviated script in Latin written on its pedestal. According to the general belief, the tablet memorizes the victory gained by Claudius II against the Goths, as well as the triumph of Constantine I in 331- 332.

In the 6th century the column head carried the sculpture of Tyche, the Greek godess of fortune and luck. Later the head was removed following the approval of Christianity as the official religion. The column also carried the sculpture of Byzas of Megara, who gave the name to the Byzantium.
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Ils1976 says:
Guess I walked passed it as well, but never really knew what it was ... thanks for sharing!
Posted on: Apr 29, 2017
spocklogic says:
Must have missed this thing passing through here.
Posted on: Apr 27, 2017
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