Extended Turkey Guide

Villages of Istanbul

Waterfalls in Istanbul

Antalya Turkey Hotels

Cemberlitas (The Column of Constantine)

-Attractions August 2, 2016
1,557 views
cemberlitas

Cemberlitas (The Column of Constantine)

The Column of Constantine,  also known as the Hooped or Burnt Column, was erected in 330 A.D. to honor Constantine the Great and to mark the dedication of Istanbul as the new capital of the Roman Empire. The city’s main road starting at Hagia Sophia passed through this oval shaped square on Istanbul ’s second hill, known then as the Forum Constantine. The column stood taller than it does today, and a gilled statue of Constantine the Great, posing as the sun god, rasted on top The porphyry blocks of the column, which have cracked in time and survived a fire, were rainforced with iron hoops. The white marble capital was added in the 12th century to reinforce the column. It is thought that relics of early Christianity were kept in the small chamber under the column.

The Column of Constantine history

The Column of Constantine history

The Colum of Constantine History and Architecture

This square and its surroundings that were founded by Constantine the Great who constructed and extended Istanbul as the Capital of Rome was the graveyard area of the period of Septimus Severus (193 -211 A.D). It was connected to Hippodrome Augusteion Square (Hagia Sophia Square) as it was in Divanyolu Street with the street named Mese where lined. The surrounding of the oval shaped square, the borders of which can not be  determined, was ornamented with many statues. In the middle of the square, there is the monument erected for Constantine the Great that still remains today. The pieces of porphry stone that constitues the body of the monument were brought from Rome and mounted to its place in 328. The gilded statue of constantine the Great rising on its top that reminds of the Sun God Helios held a globe on its left hand. The statue that was damaged in the earthquakes fell down in the strong storm in 1106. It was restored in the period of Manuel Kommenos I (1143 – 1180) and a marble heading and a bronze cross was placed over it. The body was supported with iron ring to protect from fires and natural diseases. The height of the monument used to be 37 meters is now 35 meters.

Comments

No comment

This blog is kept spam free by WP-SpamFree.

Related Posts
Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

July 6, 2017
1,146 views
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya)

Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya)

June 21, 2017
1,005 views
Secrets of Hagia Sophia Mosaics

Secrets of Hagia Sophia Mosaics

April 14, 2017
1,790 views
The secrets of the Blue Mosque

The secrets of the Blue Mosque

January 8, 2017
1,052 views
Istanbul Places to Visit

Istanbul Places to Visit

December 18, 2016
1,163 views
Hagia Sophia’s secrets

Hagia Sophia’s secrets

December 10, 2016
1,143 views
Istanbul’s Secret Guide

Istanbul’s Secret Guide

November 20, 2016
834 views
Top 10 Istanbul Beautiful Places to Visit

Top 10 Istanbul Beautiful Places to Visit

November 10, 2016
1,741 views
Other Posts!
Turkey Nemrut Mountain’s Mystery

Turkey Nemrut Mountain’s Mystery

February 25, 2017
1,016 views
City of Abraham: Harran

City of Abraham: Harran

October 4, 2016
1,938 views
Guide of Amasya Turkey with its Photos

Guide of Amasya Turkey with its Photos

September 12, 2016
1,487 views
Places to Visit in Izmir

Places to Visit in Izmir

January 9, 2017
1,436 views
Do you want to have a Picnic

Do you want to have a Picnic

August 8, 2016
1,016 views
GSM Operators Used in Turkey

GSM Operators Used in Turkey

July 25, 2016
1,297 views
Top 10 Surprising Facts of Turkish Coffee

Top 10 Surprising Facts of Turkish Coffee

August 19, 2016
4,739 views
Safranbolu Turkey Guide

Safranbolu Turkey Guide

September 5, 2016
2,177 views
Top 10 Ottoman Empire Facts

Top 10 Ottoman Empire Facts

November 9, 2016
3,058 views
Top 10 Things Do In Izmir

Top 10 Things Do In Izmir

October 5, 2016
1,793 views
Feshane Istanbul

Feshane Istanbul

September 22, 2016
1,074 views