Yılanlı Sütun (Serpent Column)

The Yılanlı Sütün (English: Serpent Column), also known as the Delphic Tripod or the Plataean Tripod, is one of the oldest remnants from the Hippodrome. The pillar is decorated with three intertwining snakes which wind up the column and around each other.

The Serpent Column (Turkish: Yılanlı Sütun), also known as the Delphic Tripod or the Plataean Tripod, is one of the oldest remnants from the Hippodrome, todays Sultanahmet Square. The pillar is decorated with three intertwining  snakes which wind up the column and around each other. Only a five meter portion of the original survives today.

The column was first erected in the Temple of Apollo in 479 B.C.E. to commemorate the Greek city-states defeat of the Persians in the Battle of Platea. An inscription at the base lists the 31 states that participated in this battle. In 324 C.E. the pillar was brought to Istanbul by Emperor Constantine believing that it would protect the city from reptiles and insects.

The column was once adorned with miniature pictures which survived until the 16th century. The only surviving snake head of the original three is now exhibited in the Archeological Museum.

From the Atatürk Airport and Taksim

 Take the Havataş Shuttle or public bus 96T from the Atatürk Airport to Taksim

Use the Funikuler (F1) from Taksim subway station to Kabataş

Take the Tramway (T1) from Kabataş to Bağcılar and get off at Sultanahmet.

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