[Guide] Xingyue Journey · Turkey Travel Guide ④——Constantinople Racecourse Attraction Name: Constantinople Racecourse Address: Sultanahmet Transportation: Sultanahemt Station Tour cost: free Tour time: about one hour Recommended reason: The most beloved activity of the kings of the Byzantine period was the chariot race in the afternoon, and this rectangular arena became an ideal venue. During the hottest period of the sport, the arena was decorated with obelisks and statues, and some sites are still preserved in their original locations to this day. After finishing and re-beautifying, it has become one of the most popular gathering and walking places in Istanbul. For a thousand years after its completion, the Arena was the center of Byzantine life. In the following 400 years, it was also called the center of Ottoman life, and it was also a stage for countless historical events. ❤The Constantine Racecourse in my eyes ❤ The mystery of the East and the dynamics of the West, the perfect combination of the two, have made Istanbul a unique city in the world. The Constantine Racecourse seems to be the perfect epitome of this city. Since the Byzantine period, this place has been a gathering place for people to watch chariot races and participate in fiery competitions. For the next thousand years, this place has always been the center of Byzantine life. By the Ottoman era, this place remained the same. The kings of the past dynasties spared no effort to beautify this place, decorating the central area with sculptures collected from all over the world. It's a pity that these priceless statues are gone, and the culprit is the soldiers of the Crusade. Among these priceless treasures is the bronze four-horse two-wheeled chariot. Today a copy of it is placed at the top of the main entrance to the Basilica of San Marco in Venice. The small arena has witnessed the vicissitudes of this city, the empire’s thousands of years of vicissitudes and historical changes, and has become an area inlaid with multiple civilizations, just like the temperament of this city. In this kind of intersection, Elegant, beautiful and natural. ❤Must punch card highlights❤ 1. Rough Stone Obelisk The obelisk at the southern end of the arena is the most eye-catching landmark here. Although all the decorations have been plundered by the crusaders of the Eastern Expedition and disappeared in the long river of history, the obelisk's posture has not changed at all, pointing straight to the blue sky and standing proudly. 2. Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain In 1898, the German Emperor Wilhelm II paid a state visit to Turkey and gave the pavilion as a gift to the Sudan at the time in 1901 to show the friendship between the two countries. The relief on the dome of the pavilion is a combination of Sudan’s initials and William II’s initials, symbolizing their alliance. 3. The Western Obelisk of Theodore This is made of pink granite. It was completed in Egypt during the reign of Thutmose III and was erected in the Temple of Amun in Karnak. It was later brought back from Egypt by Theodosius the Great Constantinople.