Arha 318 BlogPost – Ayşe Melis Yılmaz

The trip we made was really exciting for me because I had not even thought once about the monuments that we visit while I was driving every single morning to Sultanahmet for my sister’s school last year. I wanted to write about more on The Palace of Lausus because It was surprising for me to learn about the Lausus’s palace which is in Adliye Sarayı’s back of garden. It also felt different to learn students did the cleaning that abandoned structure. That’s why I wanted to write about that archeological heritage which I guess none of us knew before this trip as a citizen of Istanbul. (more…)

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Published in: on November 6, 2009 at 19:31  Leave a Comment  
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A Saturday in Sultanahmet: Reflection (Harrison King)

Although it has largely disappeared today, the Hippodrome of Constantinople was once a vibrant urban center where chariot races and political gatherings took place. The massive elliptical structure, measuring 115 x 425 meters with a holding capacity of 60-100,000 people, first emerged under the reign of Emperor Septimus Severus and was completed by Emperor Constantine I (“the Great”) in 330, the year Constantinople was established. Built adjacent to the Great Palace of Constantinople on the city’s historic peninsula, now known as Sultanahmet, the hippodrome’s southern curvilinear end (sphendones) approached the Sea of Marmara while the opposite end had a less pronounced curve and featured a quadriga (four horse statues), brought from Rome, which was placed on top. An exciting element of the chariot races was the sight of the emperor, who sat in the kathisma (imperial viewing box), tangent to the Great Palace on the last stretch of the racetrack, from where he crowned the victor with a laurel wreath. (more…)