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Obelisk (Dikilitaş)

Obelisk is a building located in Sultanahmet Square of Istanbul and dated in 390.

The Obelisk, built by Emperor Theodosius, was originally from Egyptian pharaohs in the 16th century BC. It is one of the two obelisks made in front of Amon Ra Temple for Tutmois. With the end of the Pharaohs period, the Egyptian handicrafts and monuments were used by the Romans to decorate the cities. This monument has been found elsewhere for a while, and finally it has been successfully erected by Theodosius to replace it today.

It is thought that the 19.6 meter long structure is actually the 3rd floor. The Obelisk, which is one of the oldest monuments in the city, weighs about 200 tons. Hieroglyphic processes can be seen on the granite. There are also Greek and Latin writings on the monument. The Obelisk was damaged in an earthquake in 865 and was not replaced by a sphere that was separated from the monument. The monument, loaded with different meanings throughout its history, was described as a charming protector by Evliya Çelebi.

There are some of the most important sightseeing spots on our list of places to visit in Istanbul such as the German Fountain, Serpent Column, Blue Mosque, Yerebatan Cistern and Hagia Sophia Museum around it.

Obelisk Visiting Information

Address: Binbirdirek Str. 34122 Fatih Istanbul

Transportation: You can reach Dikilitaş, which is opposite the Blue Mosque, either by public buses to Beyazit or Eminönü or by tram and down at Sultanahmet stop.


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