"City Walls & Gates" Iznik Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The ancient walls, with their towers and gates, are in relatively good preservation. Their circumference is 3,100 m (10,171 ft), being at the base from 5 to 7 m (16 to 23 ft) in thickness, and from 10 to 13 m (33 to 43 ft) in height; they contain four large and 12 minor gates and 114 towers. In some places columns and other architectural fragments from the ruins of more ancient edifices have been inserted. As with those of Constantinople, the walls seem to have been built in the 4th century with some of the towers having Greek inscriptions. The best of the gates is Lefke Gate on the eastern side which actually comprises three gateways that date from the first century AD, and an inscription thanks Hadrian for having it restored after an earthquake in 120 AD.

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  • Written Mar 7, 2010
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