The Hippodrome of Constantinople remains a splendid place, even in modern Istanbul. But I was unaware that in 1950 a Turkish archaeologist excavated on the west side of the hippodrome, and uncovered some of the seats. This week I came across some photographs from the excavations online, here, here and here. So I thought that I would share them with you! (I gather from Wikipedia that further digging outside the Sultan Ahmet mosque in the 90’s uncovered more material, but this I know nothing about). We must all be grateful to those who located and placed these photos online.
Also online I discovered photographs of two column capitals, today in the Istanbul museum. It must have been really splendid!