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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  1. Suzy 02.4.2013

    What a neat piece of history just out and exposed to the elements!

    • MuseumChick 02.5.2013

      Hi Suzy- Isn’t it?! I really love how so many Ancient Obelisk’s have been spread around the world.

  2. Marine Prayer 02.1.2013

    Simply a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding layout.

    • MuseumChick 02.5.2013

      Hi Marine- Thanks for the love!

  3. Frances Stirna 01.31.2013

    Keep working ,great job!