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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: These stone walls were built by Constantine the Great to protect...
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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Good Layover Attraction, Amazing Views

Since I had already spent a couple of days on the Golden Horn on a previous trip, I decided to spend my time seeing the walls on a recent layover in Istanbul. From the airport... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

After going to the Chora Church Museum, I walked to the wall. This place is in a low income area but its awesome. Going up scared me because there was no railings so I basically went slow. The views from the top are spectacular. I loved it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This interesting and exciting old part of the city needs a well guided tour to visit.Strongly recommended to see it with some experienced staff.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Since I had already spent a couple of days on the Golden Horn on a previous trip, I decided to spend my time seeing the walls on a recent layover in Istanbul. From the airport, the route is quite simple: take the M1 train from the airport to Topkapi-Ulubatli (not to be confused with the Topkapi stop on the T1... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We walked around some of the old walls of Constantinople but did not climb any as we were warned that this could be dangerous. We found very few signs and information, but still interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Of course when you are at Istanbul you get used to seeing old things. Old walls, old churches, old mosques etc etc. But to see a preserved section of the old walls of Constantinople that were so famously breached in 1453 is still exciting for the armchair historian. It should be noted that if you book a tour and these... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I decided to take a walk around the Ayvansaray part of the city, i started from the Chora Church and headed towards the city walls that are very easy to see. I climbed and walked around these walls for a short time. The walls are pretty intact around here and are very accessible, but do remember there are no railings... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I added a visit to the City Walls to a trip out to the Kariye Museum. I was planning to climb up top to see the view, but decided against it because the steps looked dangerous. Though a visit allows you to see the scale of the walls, several pictures posted here are more interesting than anything you're likely to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We went here expecting a few bits of wall, but actually the walls are quite extensive throughout the city. Some sections are more original than others. You can climb up in places, but really wouldn't recommend trying to walk along them, it would be very easy to slip and fall. Instead it is worth walking alongside them. We walked the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We took the tram to Topkapi and walked to Erdinekapi from there. It is possible to climb the walls at some locations, this however felt too dangerous. The neighborhood next to it is pretty conservative, I felt stared at for not wearing a head scarf. With so many cultural options Istanbul has to offer, don't waste your time here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We climbed the wall near Chora church towards Edirnekapi metrobüs station. There are steep stairs, but it is worth the view that you have from the wall.

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