Introduced in C4bts
Unique Building for Byzantine Empire (Replaces Theatre)
Cost[1]50 Hammer
Culture+3 Culture
Happy+1 Happiness
Special Abilities



"The Hippodrome of Constantinople (literally "Horse Path" in Greek) was constructed in 203 AD by the Emperor Septimius Severus. The building was a massive venue for chariot races. While the art of charioteering saw great advances in the Hippodrome - the first four-horse races were held here - much of the venue's renown would stem from it involvement in one of the most terrible massacres in Byzantine history. During the Nika Revolts, a brutal uprising between rival racing factions, nearly 30000 rioters were slain by Byzantine troops within the Hippodrome."


"The Hippodrome, the Byzantine replacement for the Theatre, provides a bonus to happiness, an extra happiness for access to Horses and an increased happiness bonus from money dedicated to your cultural slider."

Difference from Theatre

It gives +1 Happiness by default, it gives +1 Happiness per 5% Culture rate, instead of 10%, and it can give +1 Happiness for access to Horses instead of Dye. It cannot turn any Citizen into Artist.


In the city screen press the following icon to start Hippodrome construction:

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See also


  1. Cost depends on Game Speed. Quick: 33 Hammer, Epic: 75 Hammer, Marathon: 150 Hammer.