National Geographic : 1912 Jan
z 0. 4'i .t i"... .....- i:7 :!hi:(b ii:i??:':' - :ii-i:::i i}ii( 0 0 MOSQUE OE SULTAN ACHMET I AT CONSTANTINOPLE The only mosque, except the Kaaba at Mecca, possessing six minarets. Note the spiralcolumn enclosed with arail in the right foreground. This is the famous "Serpent of Delphi," consisting of three brass serpents twined around each other, and one of the most historic monuments in existence. It was constructedby theGreeks who defeated the Persian hordes at Plataea (479 B. C .), and dedicated to Apollo at Delphi. Upon it are inscribed thenames ofthe immortal Greek cities that drove the Persians out of Europe. It was brought from DelphitoConstantinople byConstan tine, who ransacked the world for treasures and trophies with which to decorate his new capital.