Serpent Column in Istanbul
Serpent Column in Istanbul
Snake_column_Hippodrome_Constantinople_2007"When the booty had been gathered together, a tenth of the whole was set apart for the Delphian god, and, from this, was made the golden tripod which stands on the three-headed bronze serpent nearest the altar." -  Heredotus / ancient Greek historian The Serpent Column aka the Serpentine Column, Delphi Tripod or Plataean Tripod is an ancient bronze column which is a must see spot in Istanbul especially for the history lovers. It's a part of an ancient Greek sacrificial tripod, originally in Delphi and relocated to Constantinople by Constantine I the Great in 324. It was built to commemorate the Greeks who fought and defeated the Persian Empire at the Battle of Plataea (479 BC). The serpent heads of the 8-metre (26 ft) high column remained intact until the end of the 17th century. This is one of the oldest monuments in Istanbul. serpentine3The heads of the three intertwined serpents used to form the legs of a gold cauldron. It was brought to Istanbul in 324 by Constantine and erected in the middle of the Hippodrome. The heads of the serpents, intact until 1700, disappeared at that time. One of the missing heads was later found and it is now on display at the Archeological Museum. There are several very old and historcial monuments in Istanbul and we guarantee that this one will excite you! How to get there?  






Information: Serpentine Column is as known as Yılanlı Sütun in Turkish. Sultanahmet Square / Istanbul   If you're interested on this article, you may like this one too:
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