Obelisk of Theodosius, Istanbul Overview

The Obelisk of Theodosius is an Ancient Egyptian obelisk situated in the Hippodrome of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey. The structure was built by the Roman emperor Theodosius in the 4th century AD to commemorate the victory in Mesopotamia. It is made out of red granite and stands tall at a height of about 84 feet or 60.8 feet without the marble pedestal. On each side of the obelisk is a central column of inscriptions that depict a battle from the 15th century BC. These inscriptions recount the victory of Thutmose III over Mitanni around 1450 BC. Moreover, the pedestal features several bas-features that date back to the time of the structure’s re-erection in Constantinople; one of them is of Theodosius crowing the victor of chariot races, surrounded by musicians, dancers and other spectators. It also has a few Latin inscriptions.

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