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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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The setting of the former Istanbul

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I saw the walls on a taxi going from the airport to the European part if Istanbul. While much of the walls were in a dilapidated state, they lost none of their awe inspiring qualities since they were built by Roman Emperor Theodosius in the 5th century CE. A sight of the sheer scale of the walls, the massive white... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

To imagine such a structure stood strong over such a long distance defending the city, is truly fascinating. Some parts still exist in their true form. With a bit of care, am sure they will stand for many more years to come. Good walk in the park beside the wall. No entry fee applicable.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

21 km is the length of Constantinople wall or old city wall. Few areas still intact while others were almost ruined. We had no chance to stop but had a look while in bus.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Since 2005 I have been visiting and traveling throughout Turkey ( relax, I'm not a trekker. But I like waking the urban environs ( villages and nearest hills included of course). Instead of writing another book about such a subject, this one finds words at walking the walk on a shoe string budget, not worrying if English ( as my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

My husband and I have a fascination regarding the Walls of Constantinople and so we decided to trek along the historical City Walls which are approximately 6 miles long. We took Bus # 80T to the district of Ayvansaray to start our walk from the Golden Horn down to the Yedikule Fortress along the Marmara Sea (don't forget to visit... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

The ruins are nice, but this sight will always be in my nightmares. During our tour a friend and I were blocked into a tower with an extremely creepy and threatening homeless man. After being put in immediate fear for our safety I was forced to assault the man to clear a way through the doorway that he was blocking.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

I stayed in Hotel Holiday Inn Istanbul City and this place just came as a surprise while my walk from hotel to Panorama 1453 Museum.

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