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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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The old city walls

The Walls of Constantinople can be viewed at several points around the city while walking about or on transiting on the edges of the city. These old brick walls seem to be getting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Walls of Constantinople can be viewed at several points around the city while walking about or on transiting on the edges of the city. These old brick walls seem to be getting into rather dilapidated conditions, but they are still very interesting to see how they once guarded the city. One section of the wall was near my hotel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Section of what are now ruins but were once a part of the wall that enclosed the old city. Seeing them makes you try and imagine what it must have looked like when still complete.

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Claymont, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Able to see some of it while in our bus on tour. Tour guide said they are trying to preserve it. Able to get good photos.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

As you drive around in the southern part of the city, the old city that is, you come across parts of the old city walls, some in small and some longer segments of the wall. Nice sight.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I found this wall during my way towards the Chora Church. It was an amazing experience to see the old wall of the city which was once the center of the world. As I doubted about the safety, I did not climb up, I only walked along the wall while touching it while imagining what people did in the past... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Unparalled! ....And free! all through the city. We found best accessed by the tram ridden to the end of the line.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

When driving into the historic district from the airport area you can see the walls on your left side, some of which date back to the Byzantine era and some of which are from medieval times. You can climb on them at certain spots, or walk through underpasses carved into the walls to get to the historic old center (sultanahmad... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We climbed the old city walls just behind the Chora Church. There are steps in several places that are not bad. The highest part of this wall is a very steep (think ladder) climb to the top. Some great views of the city from both places. Very easy walk from Chora Church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

In general I love anything that has a history behind it. My husband and I walked along this wall from TopKapı station to the entrance to the part of the city which was very close to Chora museum! (I don't remember the name)! It was a hot summer day, but definitely worth it. It was a nice experience and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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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