Golden Gate, Istanbul

Golden Gate, Istanbul

The Golden Gate was the entrance to the city of Constantinople, for all the visitors who chose to enter it from the West. The Walls of Constantinople were built by Constantine the Great to protect it against attacks by both, land and sea, and The Golden Gate was its Western entrance. These walls have been present ever since the city was established as the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire by Constantine the Great. The walls have undergone tremendous modifications and additions and are one of the most elaborate fortification systems to be build during the ancient times. The gate stood on the 7th Hill of Istanbul, and was ornately decorated during those times.

The Golden Gate is also known as the Gate of Saturninus, the Xerolophos Gate, and İsakapı ("Gate of Jesus"). The gate survived until the Ottoman times, but in 1509, it was partly destroyed by an earthquake. Many emperors made a triumphant entry through the Golden Gate including the emperor Heraclius in 628, who also recovered the True Cross and entered the city on a Chariot drawn by four elephants. The Gates had been decorated with gilded Bronze and many statues. The emperor John I Tzimiskes and Manuel I Comnenus included the Gates in a fort with five towers. Today, remains of the fort are still visible, and the central square is used as an open-air theater.

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Golden Gate on Map

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

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