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The Theodosian 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 Avars, Arabs, Rus', and Bulgars, among others (see Sieges of Constantinople). 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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  • 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 t...  more »
  • 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 ha...  more »
  • 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 massi...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Nice walk by the ruins of probably the best city defense system of all times. Very small part of the length is fully restored. Most of the towers and walls are on the verge of collapse and it's a pity that this monument is so neglected. If renovated they could offer a nice walk from Marmara sea to Golden Horn and would be a major attraction.
  • Interesting, but empty. This is not the restored walls these are ruins. I think they are absolutely beautiful and they made great pictures.
  • اسوار القسطنطينية، هذه هي بقايا الاسوار التي كانت تحيط بالقسطنطينية التي بنتها الامبراطورية البيزنطية، وحاليا تحيط بالمدينة القديمة باسطنبول.
  • THIS IS THE WRONG LOCATION. THE RESTORED WALLS ARE 3 KILOMETERS SOUTH.