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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
Fee: No
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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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off the beaten track for sure but worth the walk if you are into walls, which i am. otherwise, you may be disappointed. the view on the tower is worth the trip though.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Though in ruins, seeing the walls which protected fabled Constantinople was a treat. Even if a person is not into ancient history, the walls impress. Just imagine all the times the city was besieged and these walls protected the city. At the section of the wall we visited, if you wanted to get up close, like we did, you had... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

off the beaten track for sure but worth the walk if you are into walls, which i am. otherwise, you may be disappointed. the view on the tower is worth the trip though.

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,893 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

In the area of the tram stop "Topkapi" (not to be confused with the palace of the same name) is the most interesting museum "Panorama 1453", where the capture of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror is depicted. The fact is that it was in this place that the walls of Theodosius were pierced, which opened the way to the... More 

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Istanbul
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Approximately 22. km long Istanbul walls are deserve to walk around, especially land walls from Yedikule to Ayvansarat to understand how great and efficent it was...

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Gladesville, Australia
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

This is for visitors who like to get off the well beaten track & for those that can find the charm in walking around sections of gritty urban areas, admire ancient crumbling fortifications & enjoy a tea in some nondescript cafe under the wall hidden well away from the touristic glamour of the Sultanhamet district. With almost zero tourist traffic... More 

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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

Istanbul city walls are defensive stone walls that surrounded and protected the old city of Constantinople. Of course modern Istanbul outgrew the surrounding walls and fell into disrepair but there has been an ongoing restoration programme since the 1980s. You will encounter the walls if you travel from the airport, we also walked along parts of it.

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Pleasanton, California
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

It's surprising how little attention those walls get. Yes, they are mostly left alone and slowly falling apart, but that also makes them some of the most authentic historical artifacts. They are massive, can be easily accessed for free and it might be interesting to look at the layers trying to figure out how and when they were built and... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 December 2016

Caught a train from Sirkeci station to Yenikapi station using the Mamaray train line (also known as TCDD). The Mamaray line accepts the Istanbulkart and is about the cost of a normal trip. Got off at Yenikapi station and walked all the way from there to the Chora Museum (Kariye Müzesi), which is a good 5 kilometres. there is a... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

I ve seen them many times the byzantine walls with the red stripe in them ... its great that the city still holds something this old and hasnt ruined that much .. even if its in ruins .. its still beautiful ...

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Reviewed 6 November 2016

Maintenance is in several areas directly flawed, and the other provides a magical backdrop of the city in constant change.Perhaps no destination in itself, but it can be enough to see parts of it from the taxi window

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