Xylokerkos Gate / Gate of Belgrade, Istanbul

Xylokerkos Gate / Gate of Belgrade, Istanbul

The Xylokerkos Gate lies between towers 22 and 23. Its name derives from the fact that it led to a wooden circus (amphitheater) outside the walls. The gate complex is approximately 12 m wide and almost 20 m high.

According to a story related by Niketas Choniates, in 1189 the gate was walled off by Emperor Isaac II Angelos because, according to a prophecy, it was this gate that Western Emperor Frederick Barbarossa would enter the city through. It was re-opened in 1346, earning the name of Belgrade Gate, as many prisoners brought from Belgrade had settled in the area after the conquest of Serbia by Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I. It then closed again before the siege of 1453 and remained closed until 1886, leading to its early Ottoman name, Kapalı Kapı ("Closed Gate").

Tip:
Climb the stairs on the right and left sides of the gate to get a different panorama of Istanbul via the defense towers.

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Xylokerkos Gate / Gate of Belgrade on Map

Sight Name: Xylokerkos Gate / Gate of Belgrade
Sight Location: Istanbul, Turkey (See walking tours in Istanbul)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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