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Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)

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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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A brief walking guide along the wall from the Chora Church to the Golden Horn ferry at Ayvansaray

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2017
Gladesville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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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 25 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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