will close on Feb 27th.

Please save any personal content and exchange contact info with other members you?d like to stay in touch with. Thank you for your contributions to the VirtualTourist community.

"Istanbul City walls" Istanbul Favorite Tip by Erkmen

Istanbul General: 533 reviews and 651 photos

  City walls of Istanbul
by Erkmen

Favorite thing: The location of old Istanbul is marked in a triangular shape by the 6½ 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.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Jun 2, 2003
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


Erkmen Lives Here!


“... Dont limit your dreams”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 4 2 1

Have you been to Istanbul?

  Share Your Travels