Maiden's Column Legends Istanbul

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Maiden’s Column Legends – Column of Marcian

Imagine a quadruple crossroad in the middle of the city, off the beaten path where you don’t get to see a lot of tourists. There stands a perfect column that is hidden from your normal perspective unless you know what you are looking for. This a column erected to honour the Emperor Flavius Marcianus Augustu (450-57). This is one of the unique intact columns that has lasted for a long time. Of course it has lived through various earthquakes and fires. But it’s still intact and a gem to experience.

The real deal is that it is believed to have talismanic powers. In the old days (during Paganism) it was believed that the column possessed the power of being able to distinguish true virgins from the false ones. As a structure it’s a fabulous unique figure, a hidden beauty and with the talismanic package it’s absolutely a fabulous column.

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Column of Marcian, Istanbul

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)