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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

Istanbul, Turkey
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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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...More

8  Thank MartinoLatino1981
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...More

6  Thank vi8
Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

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

2  Thank Jonmun
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...More

3  Thank TDHLibertyMO
Reviewed October 26, 2014

Walk along the walls to the Yedikule Hisari about 4 KM from the Topkapi Panorama trolley stop. It is an astonishing vista. The walls date from the early 5th century and are in remarkable condition. The moat has been commandeered to be farm land, and...More

Thank law_doc89
Reviewed October 6, 2014

We were the only pedestrians other than severall groups of young men. It looked as though locals were using this for a garbage dump and spray paint practice. It was sad to see what should be a magnificent monument treated with such disrespect.

2  Thank AdventurousRetirees
Reviewed September 29, 2014

My hotel, Sirkeci Mansion, advised me that it wasn't safe to walk along the top of these walls and this stayed on my mind when I visited. After leaving Kariye Müzesi (Chora Museum), the sky was overcast and it started to sprinkle when I found...More

3  Thank Agog84
Reviewed August 14, 2014

I visited from the tram stop and wandered for about an hour in and out of the walls. Its remarkable that these monuments have survived and even better is that they are free to wander around...awesome

2  Thank Nomeian
Reviewed August 12, 2014

I followed the walls along from Yedicule to the ferry port at Ayvansaray. The fortress at the start can be visited but for most of the length of the walls you have to walk along a dual carriageway on the outside of the walls. I...More

Thank Nikki M
Reviewed August 9, 2014

My wife and I spent a solid hour or so walking around the shore with the walls to our left and the sea/strait to our right until we reached the Galata bridge. While the scale is certainly grander than most other city walls I have...More

3  Thank JeremyFromToronto
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April 23, 2015|
Response from bellydancer11231940 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not certain but you can look it up on Wikipedia.