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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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Adventurous Walk

We took a very adventurous walk along the top of a segment of the walls by the Chora Church. One of the parts we went to was very steep and probably not very safe, but there was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Omaha, NE
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Omaha, NE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We took a very adventurous walk along the top of a segment of the walls by the Chora Church. One of the parts we went to was very steep and probably not very safe, but there was nobody there but us and the views were wonderful.

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Courtenay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

One of the highlights of our trip. Took the Golden Horn ferry from Uskudar on the Asian side, 5 stops, under the Galata Bridge and two more to end up in the Eyup district at the north-east end of the walls. It's a very enjoyable 30 minute trip. We wandered thru the back streets for a while following the wall... More 

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We took the tram out to Topkapi (note that this not the same place as Topkapi palace), then walked north-northeast along the line of the wall, sometimes in parkland, sometimes alongside a dual carriageway, and sometimes along little streets and paths. The whole trip, along to the Golden Horn, then back along the shoreline to Galata bridge, takes some 4.5... More 

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

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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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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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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