Sultanahmet Square, also known as the Hippodrome, is the centrepiece of Istanbul's Historical Peninsula. It is located a few minutes' walk away from the Sultanahmet tram station. It leads to the city's most fantastic attractions, including the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and Ibrahim Pasa Palace. Sultanahmet Square is also lined with hotels, restaurants and other places of accommodation and leisure.
Hippodrome of Constantinople was a public area for various activities like chariot races, gladiator fights and many wars in the past. It was the hub of different social and cultural meetings in Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. It was constructed by Constantine the Great. The word ‘hippodrome’ comes from the Greek words hippos meaning horse, and dromos meaning path, as it was a racing platform for the horses. Today, it is home to relics like the Egyptian Obelisk, the Colossus and the Kaiser Wilhelm II fountain.
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