Column of Constantine, Çemberlitaş Sütunu
The Çemberlitaş – meaning ‘hooped column’ in Turkish – has been standing here since it was erected by Emperor Constantine in the year 330 to mark the declaration of Constantinople as the new capital of the Roman Empire. This spot would also have been the centre of Constantine’s Forum. The column, which today measures 35 metres and bears little resemblance to the original structure due to preservation works that have taken place over the centuries, once supported a statue of Constantine in the guise of Apollo until 1106 when it was toppled during a wind storm.
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