Monday, December 19, 2016

WALLED COLUMN

Sultanahmet Square, Fatih - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'19.6"N 28°58'29.5"E / 41.005436, 28.974865

Walled Column / Sultanahmet Square - Fatih photo walled_obelisk103.jpg

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In the 10th century the Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus built another obelisk at the other end of the Hippodrome. It was originally covered with gilded bronze plaques, but they were sacked by Latin troops in the Fourth Crusade. The stone core of this monument also survives, known as the Walled Obelisk.

Located in Sultanahmet Square, the Walled Column (Örme Sütun) was originally built in the 4th and 5th century, fell into ruin, and was repaired by Constantine VII in 944. The Column was built of dressed stone, is 20,68 meters high and rests on a 1,60 meter high pedestal.

Built of roughly cut stones, this imitation obelisk stands at the southern side of the Hippodrome. Its exact date of construction is unknown. It is named after the Emperor Constantine Porphyroenitus who had it repaired in the 10th century.

The 32 m (105 ft)-high obelisk was constructed of roughly cut stones by Constantine VII. Its exact construction date is unknown, but it is named after Constantine VII after he repaired it in the tenth century. At that time, it was reportedly decorated with gilded bronze plaques that portrayed the victories of Basil I who was the grandfather of Constantine VII.

Also there was a sphere at the top of obelisk. However, reportedly these gilded bronze plaques were stolen and melted down by Fourth Crusaders in 1204.
Since young Janissaries liked to use the obelisk to climb and show their prowess, the obelisk suffered further damage to its surface.

At that time, it was reportedly decorated with gilded bronze plaques that portrayed victories of Basil I who was grandfather of Constantine VII. Also there was a sphere at the top of obelisk. However, reportedly these gilded bronze plaques were stolen and melted by Fourth Crusaders in 1204.

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