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Istanbul Monuments |
Constantinople

Istanbul Monuments is drawn from Chapter Six, beginning on page 175, of Volume Three, By This Sign of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit www.TheChristians.info.

His building program for the new capital was meant to create attractions rivaling those of Rome, so Constantine made good use of objects that had been snatched from other historic sites

Istanbul Monuments - Constantinople’s borrowed glories

Istanbul Monuments – Constantinople’s borrowed glories
The general layout and location of Constantine’s initial vision of the city is still reflected in the vast open space in the heart of modern Istanbul.

Constantine had meant his new capital to rival the glories of Rome. But of the monuments and churches he constructed in Constantinople, few of the city’s current tourist attractions can be traced to his building program. And even these objects had simply been snatched from existing buildings elsewhere. They frequently ended up in his hippodrome (racetrack), the general layout and location of which is still reflected in the vast open space in the heart of modern Istanbul (1). Among the booty that Constantine arranged along the course of the track was the curious Spiral Column (2) that he had brought from Delphi. In the forum of his new capital, Constantine erected an immense porphyry column, brought from the Apollo temple in Rome and crowned with a statue of the emperor. Originally nearly two hundred feet high, it was severely damaged by fire in the seventeenth century, hence its popular name, the Burnt Column (3).

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