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The ancient Hippodrome was the center of Byzantine civic life, from political and theological controversies to chariot races and riots. Built in 203 by Emperor Septimus Severus, it is estimated that the arena could accommodate up to 100,000...more
Istanbul, Turkey
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 June 2008

Not much left, but worth seeing if you are aware of some of its history. This is the site where the Byzantine Empress Theodora was a circus performer in her pre-royal life. And the outcome of chariot races in the Hippodrome actually had a significant...More

6  Thank CoralReef
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 24 January 2007

This is definitely a sight that most people stop and see before or after visiting the Blue Mosque as it is located to the side of the mosque. There are a number of Obelisk and Columns within the Hippodrome which was in fact the site...More

9  Thank Tams_in_Oz
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful!!! Majestic!!!! Ancient!!! Magical!!!!! August!!!! Dignified!!!! Mind-blowing!!!! Regal!!!! Royal!!!! Must visit !!!!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit for everyone. Family and children welcome. You can have fun. Hope you have a great trip here

Thank Zarvan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I lived in Istanbul for two years (1991-1992). There is more left of the Hippodrome than many visitors are aware of. Specifically, if you go behind the Hippodrome (opposite end from the Haiga Sophia) you can see the about 4 stories of the stadium walls....More

Thank mattborsch
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Look, it’s just an open space with some ancient obelisks and towers. No actual remnants of the Byzantine racecourse are visible. But it’s a lovely place to sit and soak up the ambience of Sultanahmet

1  Thank 839SaraH839
Reviewed 29 September 2018

It is an old hippodrome converted into a pretty square now. There are quite a few interesting objects on it too, such as an Egyptian obelisk and the German Fountain. Worth a walk.

1  Thank letsdrinkwine
Reviewed 26 September 2018

It stands where an old racing track used to be and it is in the same complex as the other monuments like the obelisk, blue mosque, hagia sophia etc...

1  Thank ankeet_sinha
Reviewed 25 September 2018

The Hippodrome was an old racing track and sporting center of the ancient times. Since it is where the Blue Mosque is, it is a might as well visit. But really, there is nothing much here.

1  Thank Mei T
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

If you have a good guide it should be interesting. If not, it’s just a park and some columns. It is exactly near the Blue Mosque

1  Thank Oana87M
Reviewed 20 September 2018

You can only appreciate its historical significance if there is a guide with you. Otherwise it just looks like a old monument in a expansive square. Its next to Blue Mosque and the rest of iconic Istanbul sights so can easily be incorporated in the...More

Thank SaadSeeb
Reviewed 16 September 2018

It used to be an important historical place. But in practice now it is just a square with not much to see. You will walk by it inevitably as it is right next to the Blue Mosque, but it will do nothing to change your...More

1  Thank dalilali
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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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5 September 2018|
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Response from seijinm82 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is, it’s just an open square with only the remains of some structures (e.g. Obelisk) - you no longer can see the whole Hippodrome structure.
18 June 2018|
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Response from seijinm82 | Reviewed this property |
This place is an open area without entry tickets. What’s left in this place are just ruins; so it won’t take more than 20 minutes to see whatever that remains standing here. But you can spend some time strolling around the... More