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Hippodrome of Constantinople

Hippodrome of Constantinople

Binbirdirek Mh., Sultan Ahmet Parkı No:2, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul

| Historic Walking Areas, Architectural Buildings,

| Ticket : Not required

Hippodrome of Constantinople: the ancient circus for chariot-racing, one of the main monuments in Constantinople. The Hippodrome of Constantinople was the place for horse races. It still survives as a park in which the traces of the old race course are clearly visible and a ruin.

The word hippodrome comes from the Greek hippos (horse) and dromos (the way). The Hippodrome of Constantinople was also home to gladiatorial games, official ceremonies, celebrations, protests, torture to the convicts and so on. Hippodrome operated all in Roman (203-330 CE), Byzantine (330-1453 CE), and Ottoman (1453-1922) periods.

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