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The Serpent Column appeared in Constantinople in 326 AD. Brought from Greece at the direction of Emperor Constantine the Great, the column was a symbol of the victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Plataea in 479 BC.
In the Byzantine era, the column was reconstructed into a fountain. For this, 29 openwork recesses were made at the base of the column. Initially, the column was a plexus of three snakes, whose heads supported a three-legged golden cup.
The snakes were made from bronze shields of the defeated Persians. The bowl disappeared in antiquity, and the column itself was badly damaged in 1700. One of the snake heads is kept in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Today the column is 5 meters high.
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Topic: Snake Column (Burmali Syutun) in Turkey, Istanbul resort.