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Serpentine Column

Serpentine Column is a work of art located in Sultanahmet Square. Built in the 5th century BC as a monument of victory, the work consists of serpents encircling one another. This work was done by melting the bronze collected from the area that was invaded by the victory of the Battle of Pletea. That's why it's known as a victory monument.



There is also a mythological story of Serpentine. In mythology, it was believed that the three-headed serpent was killed by Apollo. When it was first built, there was a fire-burning boiler on the top of a column on a bell-shaped foot. Afterwards, this boiler was separated from the milk and melted and spent in war expenses. Another story about the Serpentine Column, one of Istanbul's most famous works, is brought here by the famous emperor Constantine to protect it from urban insects and reptiles. It is even said that Constantine faced many difficulties and lost his sanity in this process. Today, only 5 meters of the Serpentine Column, which is 8 meters in total, is visible. It is thought that the invisible part disappeared when the Blue Mosque was built.

Some of the most important sightseeing points of our Istanbul destinations such as the German Fountain, the Obelisk, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, and the Haghia Sophia Museum are all on the list. All these are around Serpentine Column.

Serpeninet Column 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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