National Geographic : 1915 May
I Photo from Edwin A. Grosvenor TWO OF THE MOST HISTORIC MONUMENTS OF THE WORLD The obelisk was brought to Constantinople by Constantine, who is nearer in time to us than to the Egyptian king who had it cut out of the quarries of the Upper Nile. It was raised in Constantinople 1,530 years ago, to mark the exact center of the world-renowned Hippodrome, which dwarfed every building throughout the Roman East. Just to the right of the center of the picture, above the -- , may be seen the coils of the bronze serpent of Delphi, which was also brought to the city by Constantine the Great. This bronze serpent was erected at Delphi to commemorate the defeat of the Persian hordes at the battle of Plataea, several hundred years before Christ. Upon the coils can still be discerned the names of 19 of the immortal cities which saved Greek civilization from destruction by Xerxes.