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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)
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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 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.
Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

At Fevzi Pass Caddesi the walls are at their peak. You can climb to the top for free and get a fantastic view of Istanbul. Be aware that there are no handrails on most of the walls and large drops plus some of the steps are 300mm high but only 75mm deep. To get the full value include Vadens Aqueduct first and afterwards St.Saviors in Chora before a wander down to the Golden Horn and bus back .

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

While visiting the Chora Church, we took some time to investigate the old city walls of Constantinople. Considering how old they are, they are surprisingly intact.

Having said that, the section near Chora is not as complete as others. There are steps to climb up to the different levels, but few parts have railings or poles up or down the steps or along the edges. I managed only the first level, and sat and watched while others scaled a near-vertical set of ‘steps’ (more like ledges a few inches deep) to the next level. Not for the faint-hearted, but worth seeing if you’re nearby.

I understand some other sections of the walls have been better conserved and restored,.

6  Thank LianneDM
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

These walls were close to my hotel (Barcelo Eresin Topaki) so I wandered down to have a look. The walls are decaying yet impressive in their stature and length, with a giant Turkish flag billowing behind them. It is possible to walk along the walls but I did not fancy that, given there is not set walkway etc and it would involve clambering over them. I was content to admire them from the ground. Worth a look if you're in the area.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

My wife and I walked the entire length of the walls on March 3, 2013. We started at the south end by the Sea of Marmara and ended at the Golden Horn. It took us about half of day. Along the way, we ate lunch, climbed parts of the walls, and saw the Chora Church, which is just a few blocks from the inside of the walls. Two important things:

First, if you are going to walk the land walls, read Roger Crowley's 1453 beforehand. It will give you a sense of the history and importance of these walls. Second, pick up the Rough Guide to Istanbul - it helps explain what you will see as you walk along and on the walls.

10  Thank Jason_Klimowicz
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Fantastic but very neglected world heritage site. Many parts you be walking along a very busy main road breathing in fumes. I did this on a cold day, but in the summer this would be oppressive. Go to either end, but the whole walk isn't worth it, and there is virtually no information on route and some bits feel unwelcoming.

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