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|Forum of the Ox|
The Forum of the Ox was located on the Mese thoroughfare between the Forum of Arcadius and Taurian (or Theodosian) Forum, about 2 kilometers from the Hagia Sophia. The forum was named after its central monument, a large antique bronze furnace in the shape of an ox's head, taken from Pergamum. However, little remains of landmark in modern times, as the Forum of the Ox was situated on the site that currently displays the Aksaray Square.
In 1511, Ezio Auditore da Firenze learned that Niccolò Polo had hidden one of the Masyaf Keys beneath the Forum of the Ox. He also discovered that Byzantines were present, and pursued them through the underground course of the River Lycus. After killing them all, he recovered the third Key.