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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
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Ranked #74 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Castle Pines, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We were the only pedestrians other than severall groups of young men. It looked as though locals were using this for a garbage dump and spray paint practice. It was sad to see what should be a magnificent monument treated with such disrespect.

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Tysons Corner, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My hotel, Sirkeci Mansion, advised me that it wasn't safe to walk along the top of these walls and this stayed on my mind when I visited. After leaving Kariye Müzesi (Chora Museum), the sky was overcast and it started to sprinkle when I found my way to a section of the Walls of Constantinople at Edirnekapı Rami Caddesi. I... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I had a walking tour with this old and ancient place called Hippodrome of Constantinipole. The place had an amazing archeological monument which is still standing to date.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

I visited from the tram stop and wandered for about an hour in and out of the walls. Its remarkable that these monuments have survived and even better is that they are free to wander around...awesome

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Gloucester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I followed the walls along from Yedicule to the ferry port at Ayvansaray. The fortress at the start can be visited but for most of the length of the walls you have to walk along a dual carriageway on the outside of the walls. I did walk on a short section but it was covered in broken glass and bottle... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My wife and I spent a solid hour or so walking around the shore with the walls to our left and the sea/strait to our right until we reached the Galata bridge. While the scale is certainly grander than most other city walls I have seen, it is still just a wall. The walk however is quite beautiful.

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

While there's a decent amount remaining of the old Theodosian Walls of Constantinople, one of best places to visit is near Chora Church. The walls are a little steep to climb, but the view is rewarding and gives you an idea of what other parts of Istanbul are like. These walls have seen a lot of history, but they're still... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

i can see that a walk by the wall will be better in the future as some the the mosques etc that are dotted on the way are still under construction when enough of those are complete i would recommend this, at least for half a day

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

These walls are in good condition and show just how hard t must've been to attempt to storm them ! Now with modern life you don't get to see just how high they were as motorways & buildings have replaced moats etc In some places the spaces alongside the walls have become organic vegetable gardens !

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The City Walls were built and rebuilt over centuries but kept the city impregnable against repeated attacks for 1,000 years. What you see today are largely the walls of Theodosius rather than the earlier walls of Constantine. Apparently there was an outer moat and low wall then a proper defensive wall, which is what is left, and then a higher... More

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