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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

Address: Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #71 of 668 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: These stone walls were built by Constantine the Great to protect...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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 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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Michigan City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Great walk. Amazing view. A place you must go to if you like history. Why not? It's free and worth it

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Cool to look at and climb but not really a touristy attraction. There are no signs or information and for that matter very few tourists (I saw one other family)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

You need to be interested in history to fully appreciate these walls, and love walking and exploring the neighborhood around it. It is a lovely walk and allows you to discover the district with its whimsical houses and cafes... Narrow streets, the many stray cats and dogs wanting your attention, or not. Istanbul away from the tourists...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Don't expect miles of walls... There is a 500-700m left. But that view is stunning. You can find this not far away from Chora Church ( next to main road. You can get to the top in two ways: First entrance is a safe step walk up to the top of the wall. Views are very nice... Second entrance is... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This ancient wall can be seen along many parts of Istanbul and may be confusing for first time visitor on where to begin your journey. Do note that there are some sections of the wall are demolished to make way for roads. There is no proper entrance to the wall but I would recommend exploring the wall along Edirnekapi. To... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The size, age and historical significance can not be overstated I REALLY enjoyed walking along a long segment of these walls. Great way to explore the history of the city and get overview. Wonderful photo opportunities

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Liberty MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

There are many great historical sites in Istanbul but there is plenty of information on this site and others about most of them. I heartily recommend a visit to the historic walls of Constantinople. It's fascinating to see the 1,500 year old walls, and there are places where you can climb atop the wall for a fantastic view of the... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Walk along the walls to the Yedikule Hisari about 4 KM from the Topkapi Panorama trolley stop. It is an astonishing vista. The walls date from the early 5th century and are in remarkable condition. The moat has been commandeered to be farm land, and you can see farmers tending crops right in Istanbul.

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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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