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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Climb up and view the walls from the top, or walk along the base on Kennedy Cd. and see them from the bottom.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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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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Denver, Colorado
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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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Maryland
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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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San Francisco, California
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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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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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