The Obelisk of Theodosius
Atmeydani Cd, Istanbul, Turkey
The Obelisk of Theodosius Istanbul Reviews
Standing tall and high Oct 04, 2008
Not far from The Blue Mosque you can find The Obelisk of Theodosius; it is a huge antic obelisk standing in the middle of the square, so it is quite difficult to avoid.
The obelisk is the Ancient Egyptian obelisk of Pharaoh Tutmoses III that was re-erected in the Hippodrome of Constantinople, which today is Istanbul by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in the 4th century AD.
The obelisk was first set up by Tutmoses III 1479–1425 BC to the south of the seventh pylon of the great temple of Karnak in Luxor.
The Roman emperor Constantius II (337-361 AD) had it and another obelisk transported along the river Nile to Alexandria to commemorate his ventennalia or 20 years on the throne in 357.
The other obelisk was at time erected on the spina of the Circus Maximus in Rome in the autumn of that year, and is today known as the Lateran obelisk. The obelisk that would become the obelisk of Theodosius remained in Alexandria until 390, when Theodosius I (378-392 AD) had it transported to Constantinople and put up on the spina of the Hippodrome.
The Obelisk of Theodosius is made of red granite from Aswan and was originally 30 meters tall, like the Lateran obelisk. The lower part was damaged in antiquity, probably during its transport or at the re-erection, and so the obelisk is today only 18.54 meter high, or 25.6 meter if the base is included.
Between the four corners of the obelisk and the pedestal are four bronze cubes, used in its transportation and re-erection. Each of its four faces has a single central column of inscription, celebrating Tutmoses III's victory on the banks of the River Euphrates in 1450 BC.
I was quite intriged to find the link between Karnak and Istanbul; two places that I really adore.
Part of the Istanbul, Turkey October 2008 travel blog
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