The Column of Julian The Column of Julian is an impressive piece of stone masonry that stands over 15 meters high. Its distinctive ring shape features a fluted body and a Corinthian capital, although the north-facing side of the capital has suffered considerable damage over time. While the base and body of the column are relatively simple in design, the headboard stands out with intricate reliefs carved in the form of acanthus leaves. Although there is no inscription or known creator of the column, it is widely believed to have been built in honor of the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate's visit to Ankara during his reign from 361 to 363 AD. The column's Byzantine-style construction suggests that it dates back to the 4th century. Today, it is commonly adorned with a stork's nest, which has become a popular subject for photographers. Despite the north-facing capital's state of disrepair, the Column of Julian remains a testament to the region's rich cultural history.