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In the center of Istanbul's Byzantine Hippodrome stands a tall Egyptian granite obelisk from the Temple of Karnak in Luxor carved during the reign of Pharaoh Thutmose III (1504-1450 BC). It was brought to Constantinople and erected here by Emperor Theodosius in 390 AD. Theodosius installed the obelisk on a marble base carved with figures of himself and his family. Most of the original Hippodrome was covered by the Blue Mosque. There is not much remaining.
The Horses over the entranced of St. Mark's in Venice came from here. They were looted during the 12th Crusade.
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