Historic Areas of Istanbul Walls, Istanbul

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  • While I didn’t interact with the walls too much on my trip, I did enjoy walking through them to access Gulhane Park. They looked steeped in rich history, and I could only imagine their significance... 
    While I didn’t interact with the walls too much on my trip, I did enjoy walking through them to access Gulhane Park. They looked steeped in rich history, and I could only imagine their significance...  more »
  • I never expected the walks to be so long and go over a long distance. It shows the history of the country. And you will always see a part of it while you are in Istanbul 
    I never expected the walks to be so long and go over a long distance. It shows the history of the country. And you will always see a part of it while you are in Istanbul  more »
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  • The most stunning 360 views of the whole city if you can find a way to climb up to the top of it! The locals know how to sneak in, and I followed- but only do this at your own risk. I'd give it 5 stars if it were safely and easily climbable. I'm sure the wall museum down toward the Golden Horn is great too, but if you are brave, careful and athletic, you won't be disappointed.
  • The Theodosian Walls are the fortifications of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire, which were first built during the reign of Theodosius II (408-450 CE). Sometimes known as the Theodosian Long Walls, they built upon and extended earlier fortifications so that the city became impregnable to enemy sieges for 800 years. The fortifications were the largest and strongest ever built in either the ancient or medieval worlds. Resisting attacks and earthquakes over the centuries, the walls were particularly tested by Bulgar and Arab forces who sometimes laid siege to the city for years at a time. Sections of the walls can still be seen today in modern Istanbul and are the city's most impressive surviving monuments from Late Antiquity.

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