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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 Great Wall

I just wondered with this great wall since the time of Constantinople, the Turkish still preserved it until today. So people can see the ruins of Roman empire formerly in this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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SAO PAULO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You need a map and directions. You can get that in good guide books. You can combine this tour with Kariye museum. The city council is renovating the wall, but only some parts are completely clear.At a certain point there's some stairs and you can climb on the wall and see great views of Istanbul. Fantastic. You don't have to... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I just wondered with this great wall since the time of Constantinople, the Turkish still preserved it until today. So people can see the ruins of Roman empire formerly in this city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

free to enter. very long line of old walls. there is no government facility and no need to travel inside since there are homeless people around. good for taking picture from hop on hop off.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Although there's not too much left of the once magnificent city walls of Constantinople, what's left is still worth a look. I visted the section near Gulhane park which has been reconstructed and so is in ok condition. Normal city life continues with the walls marking the history.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Fabulous. It gives you a feeling of time...You can see the walls from a number of places, and each time you approach them or go through them, you get a different perspective. You always want to imagine what it was like centuries ago... It is one of those landmarks in Istabul that create a unique image of the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

It's a wonderful place for history but some parts of the walls are careless, with garbage, graffiti and also the neighborhoods around seems dirty, and unsafe. It's better to take a guide with you to hear some history or stories. However is it not necessary to walk all the walls. In some parts you can use some stairs to go... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

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 November 1, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

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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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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