Gate of Spring, Istanbul

Gate of Spring, Istanbul

The Gate of Spring is also called the Pege Gate and The Gate of Selymbria in the Turkish Language. The gate is named so after a monastery present outside the Walls of Constantinople, the Zōodochos Pēgē which means “Life-giving Spring”. The gates are located near the suburb of Balikli in the city of Istanbul. During the ancient times this gate was also called, Porta Melantiados in Greek, which means the Gate of Melantias.

The gate has survived many centuries since it was built in the Byzantine times, but its arch was replaced by the Ottomans. This gate is important in history as it was through this gate that General Alexios Strategopoulos entered the city; and along with the forces of the Empire of Nicaea, retook the city from the Latins in 1261.

Until the Ottoman takeover, the city of Constantinople has remained intact from invasions due to The Walls of Constantinople, which were built by Constantine the Great. These walls were built and fortified against attacks form invaders by land and sea, and parts of the wall are still seen standing in the city of Istanbul. The gates including the Golden Gate and The Gate of Spring were among the few gated entrances to the city during those times.

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Gate of Spring on Map

Sight Name: Gate of Spring
Sight Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Theodosian Wall of Constantinople  

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