A Stage For Istanbul's History
The Hippodrome was the largest and one of the most significant buildings in Byzantine Constantinople. Located in the heart of the city beside the Great Palace, it was not only an arena for chariot races -the most exciting and popular spectator sport from the 4th to the 7thcentury- but also a place where emperors were created, military victories celebrated, and rulers collectively acclaimed by the people. Atmeydanı, on the other hand, became one of the most important and lively public spaces of Ottoman İstanbul.
The Hippodrome/ Atmeydanı: Istanbul’s Stage of History exhibition catalogue examines this very special and colorful square of the city, which has also hosted a variety of consequential incidents during the foundation of the Republic, through artefacts, architectural drawings, photographs and daily life objects, and takes the Istanbulites on a tour of their city’s different recollection spanning from the 4th to the 20th century.
Date of Publication: 2010
Number of pages: Vol. 1: 371 / Vol.2: 351
Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç
28 Imperial Power and the Arena of the Other
49 Entertainment at the Hippodrome
82 The Architecture and Archaeology of the Hippodrome
193 Ancient Myths and Urban Legends: The Statues of the Euripos
212 Rediscovering the Hippodrome
242 Part 1: The Hippodrome in History
287 Part 2: The Architecture and Archaeology of the Hippodrome Area
345 Select Photographs of Archaeological Work in the Hippodrome from the Encümen Archive of the İstanbul Archaeological Museums
359 Catalogue Abbreviations
Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç
10 Atmeydanı: The Problematic of a Cross-Cultural Venue
32 Ottoman Architecture in Atmeydanı and its Environs
Baha Tanmam – A. Vefa Çobanoğlu
71 Festivities in Atmeydanı
96 The Representation of a Festivity in Atmeydanı: The Pictorial Language of Classical Age Ottoman Miniatures
111 İbrahim Paşa and Sculpture as Subversion in Art
128 The First Ottoman Exhibition Building in Atmeydanı and the Collaboration of Architects Bourgeois – Parvillée – Montani
152 Henri Prost, Albert Gabriel, İstanbul Archaeological Park and the Hippodrome
171 1453-1533 Atmeydanı: A Historical Rubble Area
175 1524-1620 Sultans, Festivities and Buildings
241 19th-20th Centuries
Atmeydanı: Lines, Colors, and Photographs
317 1863 Sergi-i Umumî-i Osmani
337 1909-1919 On the Verge of a Fall: Incidents and People
347 1902-1937 Dreams and Plans for Modern Times
The Hippodrome was the largest and one of the most significant buildings in Byzantine Constantinople. Located in the heart of the city beside the Great Palace, it was not only an arena for chariot races -the most exciting and popular spectator sport from the 4th to the 7th century- but also a place where emperors were created, military victories celebrated, and rulers collectively acclaimed by the people.
Tuesday - Friday 11.00 - 18.00
The museum is closed on Mondays,
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On Wednesdays, the students can
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