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  3. Hippodrome, Istanbul

Istanbul: Guided Byzantine Hippodrome Visit

Product ID: 232637
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A guided tour of the Byzantine Hippodrome in Istanbul. Together with your English-speaking guide, you will explore and learn about this fascinating piece of history.
About this activity
Duration 1 hour
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Take a guided tour of the Hippodrome
  • Explore Meydanı, or "Horse Square"
  • See the Egyptian obelisk
  • Witness the bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi
  • View the German Fountain
Full description
The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi have survived.

The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydanı, internationaly referred to as the Sultan Ahmet Square and located in the heart of the historical peninsula of Istanbul.

The word hippodrome comes from the Greek hippos, horse, and dromos, path or way. For this reason, it is sometimes also referred to as Atmeydanı (Horse Square) in Turkish. Horse racing and chariot racing were popular pastimes in the ancient world, and hippodromes were common features of Greek cities in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras.
Includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entry fee to the site
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Infants are free of charge below 2 years of age
• The activity will end at the exit of the mosque
Organized by

ISTANBUL WALKS

Product ID: 232637