Column of Constantine (Çemberlitaş)

2021-10-04

Column of Constantine (Çemberlitaş)

 

The Çemberlitaş column is a Roman artifact located on Divanyolu street and in the middle of the Constantine Forum in its time. Great Constantine was brought from Rome in honor of Constantinople being the capital. Let's read together with the story of Çemberlitaş, whose original height was 57 meters (about 35 meters today), and the legends about the column. Çemberlitaş is a district located in the Fatih district of Istanbul, between Sultanahmet Square and the Grand Bazaar. You can also visit the Grand Bazaar by passing from Çemberlitaş to the Grand Bazaar at the entrance of the Nuruosmaniye Mosque. This important work, whose adventure we have described above, attracts great attention from domestic and foreign tourists. Explore the historical peninsula without the hassle of parking by renting a car with a driver for a pleasant tour. Çemberlitaş Bath is as famous as Çemberlitaş Column. You will not be able to get a chauffeur-driven car and Istanbul transfer from us, it will be the most practical way to use the tram.

Constantine Forum And Obelisk

Constantine wanted to erect a victory column here, and Çemberlitaş was formed by placing 9 circles, each weighing 3 tons, on top of each other. The statue of Apollo, brought from the Temple of Apollo in Rome in 328, was placed on top of the 57-

meter column. Here you may get the impression that Constantine still adheres to pagan traditions, but a little later, when he tells his legend about Jesus, we will see that it is not so.

Constantine Forum at the opening of Constantinople on May 11, 330; It probably looked surreal, with the senate buildings made of marble, large and bright columns arranged in an ellipse, statues, and Triomphe in the center.

On the pedestal of the statue of Constantine, it was written: “O Lord Jesus, lord and ruler of the world, I dedicate this obedient city, this scepter and all the power of Rome to you. Protect Rome, keep all evil away from us."

In the following years, that is, after Christianity became the official religion of the empire, the statue of Apollo was taken down and statues of emperors (first Julianus, then Theodosius) were erected in its place. In the time of Manuel Komnenos (11th century), a huge cross was erected in place of the statue, which was overthrown by the storm. Already in some sources, it is written that the statue of Julianus was struck by lightning.

Çemberlitaş Square

Çemberlitaş Square was also an important and lively spot during the Ottoman period. In any case, Divanyolu Street, was the main road of the city, just like the Romans. When Istanbul was conquered, the Constantine forum was unrecognizable due to the Latin invasion and disrepair. However, the Çemberlitaş column was still intact. Of course, the cross on the top of the first job was lowered naturally. In the 17th century, the column was severely damaged by a fire. Its surroundings were surrounded by iron circles by Sultan Mustafa II in 1701. From time to time, this monumental column began to be called Çemberlitaş by the people, and the 

the square was called Çemberlitaş Square, and this is how it has survived to the present day

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