These are remains of an Ottoman water tower

These are remains of an Ottoman water tower

The Milion - this stone pillar from the fourth century A.D. was once the reference point used to measure all distances, throughout the empire

The Milion - this stone pillar from the fourth century A.D. was once the reference point used to measure all distances, throughout the empire

Bottom of the Milion - it sits at the beginning of the road that leaves Sultanahmet Square

Bottom of the Milion - it sits at the beginning of the road that leaves Sultanahmet Square

Sign with different cities and the distance from them to this point

Sign with different cities and the distance from them to this point

Cities and their distance from Istanbul are written on this wooden walkway

Cities and their distance from Istanbul are written on this wooden walkway

Top of the Million with Ottoman water tower in background

Top of the Million with Ottoman water tower in background

The Milion, due to its strategic position, witnessedmany events in the cit

The Milion, due to its strategic position, witnessedmany events in the cit

Ayasofia Hammam is a Turkish hamam that was commissioned by Hurrem Sultan

Ayasofia Hammam is a Turkish hamam that was commissioned by Hurrem Sultan

This public bath-house was constructed as a charity building by architect Mimar Sinan in 1556

This public bath-house was constructed as a charity building by architect Mimar Sinan in 1556

In 2007, Istanbul city authorities decided to return the hamam to its original use after a 105-year gap

In 2007, Istanbul city authorities decided to return the hamam to its original use after a 105-year gap

The German Fountain - it is located in Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul across from the Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed I.

The German Fountain - it is located in Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul across from the Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed I.

 It was constructed to commemorate the second anniversary of the German Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Istanbul in 1898

It was constructed to commemorate the second anniversary of the German Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Istanbul in 1898

Ceiling of the fountain - it was built in Germany but transported over to Istanbul

Ceiling of the fountain - it was built in Germany but transported over to Istanbul

This gazebo style fountain stands on a high floor with a staircase of eight stairs

This gazebo style fountain stands on a high floor with a staircase of eight stairs

People drinking water from the fountain

People drinking water from the fountain

The German Fountain of Istanbul - Hagia Sophia can be seen in the background

The German Fountain of Istanbul - Hagia Sophia can be seen in the background

Column of Constantine & Obelisk of Thutmose III

Column of Constantine & Obelisk of Thutmose III

This obelisk was removed from the Temple of Karnak and then it was re-erected in Istanbul

This obelisk was removed from the Temple of Karnak and then it was re-erected in Istanbul

Top of the obelisk - this was originally 30m tall but now it is only 18.5m

Top of the obelisk - this was originally 30m tall but now it is only 18.5m

The Roman emperor Constantius II had it and another obelisk transported from their original locations

The Roman emperor Constantius II had it and another obelisk transported from their original locations

This obelisk is made out of red granite

This obelisk is made out of red granite

This obelisk has base whish depicts different events from the past - Here on western face it shows submission of the barbarians

This obelisk has base whish depicts different events from the past - Here on western face it shows submission of the barbarians

Latin inscription on the eastern face

Latin inscription on the eastern face

The emperor and his court - South face of the obelisk

The emperor and his court - South face of the obelisk

North face of the base at the bottom of the obelisk

North face of the base at the bottom of the obelisk

Here Theodosius I offers laurels of victory

Here Theodosius I offers laurels of victory

Latin inscription

Latin inscription

The emperor and his court - south face

The emperor and his court - south face

The chariot race is depicted at the very bottom of the base - south face

The chariot race is depicted at the very bottom of the base - south face

Closeup of the chariot race

Closeup of the chariot race

Bottom of the obelisk

Bottom of the obelisk

Top of the Serpent Column - It is an ancient bronze column which once stood at the centre of the Hippodrome of Constantinople

Top of the Serpent Column - It is an ancient bronze column which once stood at the centre of the Hippodrome of Constantinople

Bottom of the Serpent Column - it was built in the 5th century

Bottom of the Serpent Column - it was built in the 5th century

The 8-meter high column originally stood before the Temple of Apollo in Delphi.  It was brought to Istanbul in 324 by Constantine and erected in the middle of the Hippodrome

The 8-meter high column originally stood before the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. It was brought to Istanbul in 324 by Constantine and erected in the middle of the Hippodrome

The Walled Obelisk of Istanbul - it is also known as Constantine's Obelisk

The Walled Obelisk of Istanbul - it is also known as Constantine's Obelisk

Base of the Walled Obelisk - The 32 m high obelisk was constructed of roughly cut stones by Constantine VII

Base of the Walled Obelisk - The 32 m high obelisk was constructed of roughly cut stones by Constantine VII

Middle section of the obelisk - there was a sphere at the top of obelisk. However, reportedly these gilded bronze plaques were stolen and melted down by Fourth Crusaders

Middle section of the obelisk - there was a sphere at the top of obelisk. However, reportedly these gilded bronze plaques were stolen and melted down by Fourth Crusaders

It is not a real obelisk but it is made from the cut stones put together

It is not a real obelisk but it is made from the cut stones put together

Flower design shows ISTANBUL with incomplete S - probably gardener is to blame!

Flower design shows ISTANBUL with incomplete S - probably gardener is to blame!

The Taksim Saquare of Istanbul - it is situated on the european side of Istanbul and it is always lively

The Taksim Saquare of Istanbul - it is situated on the european side of Istanbul and it is always lively

Pigeons of the Taksim Saquare - The word Taksim means

Pigeons of the Taksim Saquare - The word Taksim means "division" or "distribution". The Taksim square was originally the point where the main water lines from the north of Istanbul were collected and branched off to other parts of the city

Floor lights of the Republic Monument

Floor lights of the Republic Monument

This monument was erected to commemorate the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923

This monument was erected to commemorate the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923

The 11 m (36 ft) high monument portrays the founders of the Turkish Republic and it was erected in 1928

The 11 m (36 ft) high monument portrays the founders of the Turkish Republic and it was erected in 1928

The Taksim Sqaure vey busy with tourists

The Taksim Sqaure vey busy with tourists

Here I was struggling with pain in my left foot - little did I know it was getting pretty bad

Here I was struggling with pain in my left foot - little did I know it was getting pretty bad

Tram tracks in the Taksim area

Tram tracks in the Taksim area

A building in one corner of the Gulhane Park

A building in one corner of the Gulhane Park

A sebil in Sultanahmet area

A sebil in Sultanahmet area

An early Morning in Sultanahmet area of Istanbul - the German fountain in background

An early Morning in Sultanahmet area of Istanbul - the German fountain in background

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