Sultanahmet Square is located at the meeting point of many different cultures. During the heyday of the Eastern Roman Empire, it was the Hippodrome; the site of Byzantium’s and later, Constantinople’s, many entertainments, including chariot racing. During the Crusades, much of the Hippodrome was plundered and destroyed by Western invaders intent on sacking the city. After the Ottomans took control in 1453, Sultanahmet Square became home to equestrian sports.
The reconstruction work for the İstanbul Hippodrome exhibition was carried out by Jonathan Bardill and A. Tayfun Öner between 2008 and 2010 in connection with the Pera Museum exhibition "Hippodrome and Atmeydanı: A Stage for Istanbul's History" (2010). The resulting computer model is the most detailed reconstruction of a Roman circus to date.
This exhibition draws on the collaborative work and the contributions in the exhibition catalogue: Hippodrome and Atmeydanı: A Stage for Istanbul's History. Vol. 1: The Byzantine Hippodrome (B.Pitarakis (ed.),Pera Museum, Istanbul 2010).
This exhibition consists of 16 large posters, a four-minute long 3D animation and 16 bronze reproductions of the statues that were located in the Hippodrome.
Nakkaş is proud to sponsor this wonderful exhibition under the curatorship of Ercument Calislar. The exhibition opened May 27, 2015, and will remain in place until the end of the year."