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WREATHED COLUMN (SERPENT COLUMN)

Wreathed Column (Serpent Column) is an ancient Greek monument made of bronze survived from the Hippodrome, todays At Meydani (Horse Square) in Sultanahmet which depicts three intertwined piton snakes.

It is the oldest surviving monument from the classical period of Istanbul. The top was adorned with a golden bowl supported by the heads of the three serpents. Today only 29 nodes survived from the monument, which was originally the Tripod of Plataea cast to celebrate the victory of the united Greek cities over the Persians in 479 BC.

The heads of the serpents were destroyed afterwards, but one of them was found and exhibited today in Istanbul Archaeology Museums.