The Hippodrome is adjacent to the Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
This was the centre of Roman and Byzantine Constantinople, and is a great place to begin one's tour and to people watch.
The building no longer stands, but the obelisks and sculptures that have been collected here since Theodosius' time in the fourth century remain. One more thing, the four bronze horses in the facade of St. Marco in Venice used to be on top of the Emperor's box in the Hippodrome and they were looted by the crusaders in 1204.
While you are on your way to hippodrome, don’t forget to check out German Fountain (Alman Çeşmesi), a neo-Byzantine style fountain building at the square leading to Hippodrome.
It was a gift sent by German Kaiser Wilhelm II to Ottoman Sultan.
» Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya)
» Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı)
» Sultanahmet Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii, The Blue Mosque)
» Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici)
» Gran Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)
» Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı, also known as Spice Bazaar)
» Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii)
» Chora Church (Kariye Müzesi)