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The Hippodrome was the city’s centre for entertaintment and sports during the Roman and Byzantine empires. The Hippodrome was built by the Romans and the Byzantines expanded and decorated it later on. Most historians record the seating capacity of this huge arena as 30,000, but some estimates gp as high as 60,000.

Today, St. Sophia, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Ibrahim Pasha Palace, Binbirdirek and the Underground Cisterns, Cemberlitas, Dikilitas, and the Serpent Column, Istanbul’s and the world’s most important monuments are all found in or around this square.

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