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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

Istanbul, Turkey
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These stone walls were built by Constantine the Great to protect Constantinople, what is now known as Istanbul, from attack by land and sea. The walls largely remained intact until sections began to be dismantled in the 19th century, as the city outgrew its medieval boundaries. Many parts of the walls survived and are still standing today.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Istambul is a wide city with many faces. So if you wanted to experience a wounderful time walking this is your best chance. Starting from Istikal street , crossing the Bosphoro and along the beautiful views of this river you could get to Kariye museum...More

Thank Jorge S
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Though in ruins, seeing the walls which protected fabled Constantinople was a treat. Even if a person is not into ancient history, the walls impress. Just imagine all the times the city was besieged and these walls protected the city. At the section of the...More

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 22 April 2017

off the beaten track for sure but worth the walk if you are into walls, which i am. otherwise, you may be disappointed. the view on the tower is worth the trip though.

Thank danielklee
Reviewed 31 March 2017

In the area of the tram stop "Topkapi" (not to be confused with the palace of the same name) is the most interesting museum "Panorama 1453", where the capture of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror is depicted. The fact is that it was in...More

3  Thank archil a
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Approximately 22. km long Istanbul walls are deserve to walk around, especially land walls from Yedikule to Ayvansarat to understand how great and efficent it was...

1  Thank UfukF
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This is for visitors who like to get off the well beaten track & for those that can find the charm in walking around sections of gritty urban areas, admire ancient crumbling fortifications & enjoy a tea in some nondescript cafe under the wall hidden...More

3  Thank The_Pale_Ridah
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Istanbul city walls are defensive stone walls that surrounded and protected the old city of Constantinople. Of course modern Istanbul outgrew the surrounding walls and fell into disrepair but there has been an ongoing restoration programme since the 1980s. You will encounter the walls if...More

Thank PrestonGuild
Reviewed 4 January 2017

It's surprising how little attention those walls get. Yes, they are mostly left alone and slowly falling apart, but that also makes them some of the most authentic historical artifacts. They are massive, can be easily accessed for free and it might be interesting to...More

Thank heckfy
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Caught a train from Sirkeci station to Yenikapi station using the Mamaray train line (also known as TCDD). The Mamaray line accepts the Istanbulkart and is about the cost of a normal trip. Got off at Yenikapi station and walked all the way from there...More

Thank shaunskyflynn
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

I ve seen them many times the byzantine walls with the red stripe in them ... its great that the city still holds something this old and hasnt ruined that much .. even if its in ruins .. its still beautiful ...

Thank Babak S
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What is the total length of the historic walls of the byzantine period?
23 April 2015|
Response from bellydancer11231940 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not certain but you can look it up on Wikipedia.