"The Walls of Constantinople" City Walls Tip by hekate

City Walls, Istanbul: 9 reviews and 20 photos

  The Walls of Constantinople
by hekate

The Walls of Constantinople are also known as the Theodosian walls or Bizantian walls. You can see the ruins here and there. It is amazing that so much of them had left after all these centuries.

What I find interesting is that the local people do accept them like a natural part of the surrounding area and use them for various purposes like drying their clothes or parking their cars inside of the towers of the walls :)))

Here are some historical facts about the walls:

It was the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II (408-450) who expanded the area of his imperial capital of Constantinople by building these great land walls farther out into the country. When finished, the Theodosian Walls were almost 7 km (over 4 miles) in length. With periodic repairs, they defended the city effectively until the late 19th century.

They were breached only twice: in 1204 by the armies of the Fourth Crusade, and in 1453--a thousand years after they were built!--by the gigantic cannon of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, after which Constantinople became Istanbul.

In 1894 a disastrous earthquake toppled parts of the walls, which had been mostly superceded by modern armaments in any case.

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  • Updated Jun 20, 2005
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