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Atlas Obscura Column of the Goths

Standing in the outer courtyard of the Topkapi Palace, on the edge of Sarayburnu, is the Gotlar Sütunu—Column of the Goths. Surrounded by trees and ordinary park benches, one may pass by this structure without a second thought or glance. Most are unaware that this column may be one of the oldest Roman monuments in Istanbul.

It’s assumed from the Latin inscription on its pedestal that the column was created to commemorate a Roman victory against the Goths. However, whether this occurred during the reign of Claudius II or Constantine I is still a matter of debate. 

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