"Istanbul City walls" Istanbul Favorite Tip by Erkmen

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  City walls of Istanbul
by Erkmen

Favorite thing: The location of old Istanbul is marked in a triangular shape by the 6 km-long city walls. The walls are named Theodosius II city walls, which started construction in 413. An earthquake in 447 almost destroyed them, so were rebuilt in a hasty two months.

Original walls are 5m thick and 12m high, plus and outer wall of 2m by 8.5m. Since 1990, some areas have been rebuilt, and some unrestored areas collapsed during the 1999 earthquake. It is possible to walk along the entire length, which would take a full day, with highlights including Yedikule, edirnekapi and Mihrimah Camii.

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  • Updated Jun 2, 2003
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