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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
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Ranked #55 of 641 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This is on the way to the Chora church. If you have some extra time and make it out this far definitely check it out. It's awesome to check out the the ruins of Constantinople and best of all its free. There are some of the walls you can climb up and have an awesome view of the city.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The city is a historical GEM and well worth the visit. You need a great guide. We used guideselcuk@gmail.com who has great english and very reasonable. April is a perfectmonth to visit as the weather is ideal. Summer is too hot. Expect 3 hour delays at the airport !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

We walked the whole wall from the south to the north. We caught a bus ffrom Sultanahmet to Yedikuke, and then at the end a very pleasant ferry ride back. This is an amazing archeological monument, and the sense of history is very powerful. It is also great to visit something of this magnitude without having to deal with the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Great to see so many of the ancient walls still exist!!! The further away from the city you travel the better array of walls you will see

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The walls instantly remind you that these stone walls were built by Constantine the Great to protect Constantinople, what is now known as Istanbul, from attack by land and sea. Take pictures fro your bus or taxi, and later go take a walk to see them up close... you will remember them.

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Granada, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I was amazed to discover how much of the fortifications of the Byzantine walls were kept and preserved. It helps you understand how come that city repelled attackers for so long. It spreads on kilometers and is surely a great walk to do, from the Sea of Marmara until the Golden Horde. A pity i could see only a section... More

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Ede, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The theodosian land walls are awesome. It's a breathtaking 5 mile walk where you have to choose on wich side you want te walk... or on the walls... soms parts are derelicted, but a lot of it is still very well kept, the views are awesome. Worth the effort. Chora church lies near the start of the walk, worth the... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

If you feel like spending a day out in Istanbul, but you are overwhelmed by the crowds at the main attractions, try something different (and free): a pleasant historic walk along the magnificent Theodosian Walls. They are fairly easy to access and there is a lot to see and marvel at, which makes it a good option for a family... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

We took the ferry up the Golden Horn and then followed the wall up from the outside, visited the Chora church then followed the wall again from the inside. It was a great way to see another side of Istanbul. There is a really good walking tour of the area outlined in the Frommer guide that you can find online.

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