The Column of Julian

The Column of Julian

This column, which is over 15 meters high made of stone masonry, has the form of a ring with a Corinthian capital and a fluted body.

The Column of Julian

Although the north-facing side of the capital was completely damaged, you will still find it in decent condition. The base and body of these pieces have a very simple, artless design. The headboard is the only place that shows any decoration in the form of reliefs carved with the acanthus leaf.

There is no inscription or known information about who created this piece. However, it is widely accepted that the column was built in honor of Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate's (361-363AD) visit to Ankara. The column's construction in the Byzantine style suggests that it was built around the 4th century. It is commonly topped by a stork's nest, which has been frequently photographed.