Great Palace of Constantinople, Istanbul

Great Palace of Constantinople, Istanbul

The Great Palace of Constantinople is known by many names including the Palatium Magnum in Latin, the Büyük Saray in Turkish and also as the “Sacred Palace”. The palace was an Imperial Byzantine Palace, and it is located in the district of “Old Istanbul”, between the Hippodrome (now Sultanahmet square) and Hagia Sophia.

It used to serve as the royal residence of the Byzantine Emperors from 330 AD to 1081 AD. For over 800 years, this palace has served as the center of Imperial Administration for the Eastern Roman Empire. Today, only a few remnants of its original foundation have survived.

Constantine the great planned out the palace for himself and for his heirs in 330 AD, and during its history, it has been rebuilt and expanded several times. The palace complex suffered a lot of damage during the Nika riots in 532. The Emperor Justinian I rebuilt the palace lavishly and alterations and extensions were added by Basileos I and Justinian II.

During the Ottoman era, much of the Great Palace of Constantinople was demolished, and its many buildings served as housing, and mosques. Sultan Ahmet I demolished the remaining structures of the palace in order to build the great Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

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Sight Name: Great Palace of Constantinople
Sight Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Roman Heritage Walking Tour II

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