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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
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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Far more to see than we thought

We went here expecting a few bits of wall, but actually the walls are quite extensive throughout the city. Some sections are more original than others. You can climb up in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We went here expecting a few bits of wall, but actually the walls are quite extensive throughout the city. Some sections are more original than others. You can climb up in places, but really wouldn't recommend trying to walk along them, it would be very easy to slip and fall. Instead it is worth walking alongside them. We walked the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We took the tram to Topkapi and walked to Erdinekapi from there. It is possible to climb the walls at some locations, this however felt too dangerous. The neighborhood next to it is pretty conservative, I felt stared at for not wearing a head scarf. With so many cultural options Istanbul has to offer, don't waste your time here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We climbed the wall near Chora church towards Edirnekapi metrobüs station. There are steep stairs, but it is worth the view that you have from the wall.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

unfortunately there is little left from the Byzantine empire and there is a far greater focus on the ottoman than Byzantine era. But if you want a glimpse at the power and majesty of the empire then these walls are a must and its a shame there is no visitor centre to tell their story. Although crumbling they still have... More 

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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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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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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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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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