The Serpent column as it is now known (see picture I took today from the entrance of the adjacent Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum) was moved from the Temple of Apollo at Delphi to the Hippodrome. The top was adorned with a golden bowl supported by three serpent heads. The bowl was destroyed or stolen during the Fourth Crusade. The serpent heads were destroyed as late as the end of the 17th Century.
|Blue Mosque with obelisk in foreground|