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Istanbul in Fatih district, Istanbul Province, Turkey
 

The Milion Stone

Million Taşı

 
 
The Milion Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 4, 2015
1. The Milion Stone Marker
Inscription. English:
In Ancient Rome, It used to be the starting point of all the roads reaching to Constantinople and the origin point used for the calculation of the distance of other cities to this city. It has the same function as the Milliarium Aureum monument in Rome, Italy. Similar to the other spectacular monuments erected during the reconstruction and capitalization of New Rome, it is thought to be erected by Emperor Constantine I during the 4th century.

The Milion was constructed to be composed of a door facing four sides and a dome embedded on four columns, rising over the roads intersecting at this point. These monuments representing 'Tetrapylon’ architecture were among the crucial components of Roman culture. There are many sculptures and reliefs from the Roman period on Milion monument and its dome. These aspects add much to the brilliance of the monument.

They are assumed to be damaged and hence perished while the aqueducts of Istanbul were being enlarged during the 16th century.


Turkish:
Doğu Roma İmparatorluğu'nda Konstantinopolis şehrine ulaşan tüm Antik Roma yollarının başlangıç noktası ve dünya üzerindeki diğer şehirlerin bu şehre olan uzaklığının hesaplanmasında kullanılan
Million Taşı Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 4, 2015
2. Million Taşı Marker
sıfır noktasıdır. İtalya'da Roma şehrinde bulunan bir diğer anıt olan Milliarium Aureum ile aynı işlevi görmektedir. Yeni Roma'nın yeniden inşası ve başkent kimliğini kazanması esnasında yapılan birçok görkemli anıt gibi İmparator I. Konstantin tarafından 4. yüzyılda yerleştirildiği düşünülmektedir.
Million ilk yapıldığında dört yöne bakan bir kapı ve bu noktada kesişen yolların üzerine yükselen, dört sütun üzerine oturmuş bir kubbeden oluşmaktadır. TetrapyIon mimari ismi ile anılan bu yapılar Roma kültürünün önemli öğelerinden birisidir. Million anıtının ve kubbesinin üzerinde birçok Roma dönemine ait heykel ve kabartma bulunmaktadır. Bu durum anıtın ihtişamını çok daha fazla arttırmaktadır.
16. yüzyılda Istanbul'a su taşıyan, kemerlerin genişletme çalışmaları esnasında yıkılıp, ortadan kaybolmaya başladığı tahmin edilmektedir.

Arabic: To read the Arabic text, click on the Arabic image to enlarge it.
 
Erected by Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi (Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality).
 
Location.
The Milion Stone Marker (Arabic) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 4, 2015
3. The Milion Stone Marker (Arabic)
41° 0.484′ N, 28° 58.687′ E. Marker is in Istanbul, Istanbul Province, in Fatih district. Marker is on Divan Yolu Caddesi just from Yerebatan Caddesi, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Divan Yolu Caddesi No. 2, Istanbul, Istanbul Province 34122, Turkey.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Million (here, next to this marker); The Basilica Cistern (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Basilica Cistern (within shouting distance of this marker); The Türbe (Tomb) of Sultan Selim II (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed I (about 120 meters away); Hagia Sophia (about 120 meters away); Haseki Hurrem Bathhouse (about 120 meters away); The Türbe (Tomb) of Sultan Mehmed III (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Istanbul.
 
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The Milion Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 4, 2015
4. The Milion Stone Marker
The Milion Stone is in the background.
The Milion Stone image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 4, 2015
5. The Milion Stone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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