An Egyptian Obelisk in Istanbul
January 23, 2013 MuseumChick
I set out to find some ancient Egyptian art in Sultanahmet after discovering the street art of Eminönü. The Obelisk of Theodosius was re-erected in the Hippodrome of Constantinople in the 4th century AD and now stand across from the Blue Mosque. The obelisk was first set up by Pharaoh Tutmoses III around 1450 B.C. in the Temple of Karnak. Its hard to tell in these pictures, but like many obelisks, this is made of red granite from Aswan.
The marble pedestal had bas-reliefs dating to the time of the obelisk’s re-erection in Constantinople (Istanbul), so it’s not originally from ancient Egypt. Underneth is a Latin inscription.
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