Hippodrome of Constantinople

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The Hippodrome of Constantinople is a former hippodrome that is now a public square situated in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The Hippodrome was built during the time of the Byzantine Empire. It was built for sports such as horse racing and chariot racing, it was a popular place in the city during the Byzantine Empire. The hippodrome fell out of use after the Ottoman Turks captured the city in the 15th century. Its ruins were later cleared for a public square. The square still has standing elements of the old hippodrome such as the Serpent Column and Obelisk.

Getting there

The square is situated near the Blue Mosque. The T1 tram stops close by at the ‘Sultanahmet’ stop. The T2B bus also stops close by. The other transport option for getting to the square is to take a taxi.

Opening Times and Admission

The square is a public square, it is open 24 hours a day every day and is free to access.

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  • Binbirdirek Mh., Sultan Ahmet Parkı No:2, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
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