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The Great Palace

Atmeydanı Cd 17-31, Sultan Ahmet Mh., 34122 Istanbul, Turkey

The Hippodrome is bordered to the south by Istanbul’s great ‘missing’ monument, Constantine’s Great Palace. This was not so much one grand building as a sprawling complex of kiosks that covered the slope all the way down to the Sea of Marmara. The palace was all but destroyed by the Fourth Crusade of 1204, and was never rebuilt. What the Latins could not haul back to Venice disappeared over the years as spolia, or building material for other monuments.

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Issue 66, December 2023 Turkey’s Centenary Issue
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