Historic Areas of Istanbul Walls, Istanbul

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The Walls of Constantinople are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrounded and protected the city of Constantinople (today Istanbul in Turkey) since its founding as the new capital of the Roman Empire by Constantine the Great. With numerous additions and modifications during their history, they were the last great fortification system of antiquity, and one of the most complex and elaborate systems ever built.
Initially built by Constantine the Great, the walls surrounded the new city on all sides, protecting it against attack from both sea and land. As the city grew, the famous double line of the Theodosian Walls was built in the 5th century. Although the other sections of the walls were less elaborate, when well-manned, they were almost impregnable for any medieval besieger, saving the city, and the Byzantine Empire with it, during sieges from the Avar-Sasanian coalition, Arabs, Rus', and Bulgars, among others. The advent of gunpowder siege cannons rendered the fortifications vulnerable, but cannon technology was not sufficiently advanced to capture the city on its own, and the walls could be repaired between reloading. Ultimately the city fell from sheer weight of numbers of the Ottoman forces on 29 May 1453 after a six-week siege.
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  • I only came across these on visiting the Chora Church museum in Istanbul. They are very impressive and deserve much more time than I gave them. I will come again.  more »
  • The Garrisons of the city, the walls, built from limestone and brick are walls of Constantinople are stone walls juxtaposed to protect the city of Constantinople, today known as Instanbul. It is part....  more »
  • It has a lot of history behind this walls as they are standing tall surrounded and protecting the city of constantinople.walls are so large and so interesting to watch as you are cruising around.  more »
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  • I suggest you walk all the city walls. There is allways something interesting. Enter from the gates and see some local life, mosques etc.
  • A must go historical places im Istanbul! If you skip these walls you didn't see 80% of the city! I have always wished to visit this place and I would visit it again and again and still feel mesmerised.
  • a restaurant owner / waiter asked us to leave after we walked in for 20m, reason: it is closed. 10 in the morning. while you can see his restanrant is full of people.
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  • Historical Istanbul Walls: Fatih/Istanbul, Topkapi Mahallesi... Topkapi Junction... You will see the 10th year Street and its surroundings!... If you are in Istanbul, you should visit the historical peninsula and see this neighborhood!... All sides are filled with historical artifacts!... You can't finish it in a day or two!... All historical Venues!... You can confirm your Nazari information with the information here!... If you look, you'll see!... Places where hundreds of thousands of people roam!...
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