Theodosian Wall of Constantinople, Istanbul

Constantinople was so named after the Roman emperor Constantine the Great who made the city the capital of the eastern empire. This walking tour will take you along the great wall that saved the city many a time during its wars against the Avars, the Tartars, the Russians, and the Bulgarians.
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Theodosian Wall of Constantinople Map

Guide Name: Theodosian Wall of Constantinople
Guide Location: Turkey » Istanbul (See other walking tours in Istanbul)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: kane
Golden Gate

1) Golden Gate

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...   view more
Second Military Gate

2) Second Military Gate

The Second Military gate is located between towers 22 and 23 and in ancient times led up to an amphitheater. It was named "The closed gate" as it was sealed for a few centuries, due to a famous prophecy that it would lead to the fall of Constantinople. It was reopened later and was called the Belgrade gate, as many Serbs had settled in the area after the conquest of...   view more
Gate of Spring

3) Gate of Spring

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...   view more
Third Military Gate and "Sigma"

4) Third Military Gate and "Sigma"

The third military gate is one of the two minor military gates that guard "the Sigma" - a "c"-shaped part of the wall, probably made to enhance the defense of the wall in that particular part. The third military gate is nowadays sealed up, but you can come and see the site from where the ancient defenders of this magnificent city stormed out to defend the walls. "The Sigma" is still a topic of discussion for...   view more
Gate of Rhesios

5) Gate of Rhesios

The Gate of Rhesios has been standing at the same spot for over 16 centuries. It is the best preserved and one of the most intriguing gates, as it has the oldest inscriptions. Some of them date back to the year of the construction of the gate. Another name of the Gate of Rhesios is "The gate of Reds" as it was the party of the Reds that financially contributed to its...   view more
Gate of St. Romanus

6) Gate of St. Romanus

Originally named after a nearby church, the Gate of St. Romanus is actually the Gate where the very last Roman emperor fell. The gate nowadays bears the name Topkapi - the Gate of the cannon (in Turkish), as it was here that the biggest cannon existing at that time, with a weight of almost 18...   view more
Fifth Military Gate

7) Fifth Military Gate

The Fifth Military Gate has vanished without a trace. The towers and walls next to it are damaged as well, bearing the sign of the final and decisive Ottoman assault on the last remnant of the Byzantine Empire. It is because of this that the gate is called, in Turkish, Hücum Kapısı ("Assault Gate"). Although the gate itself is absent, visitors can actually stand in the place where the Theodosian wall was firstly breached in over a...   view more
Gate of Charisius

8) Gate of Charisius

Gate of Charisius is also known as Adrianople gate as it led into the city. It was exactly through this gate that the first Sultan of the Ottoman empire entered the city of Constantinople, in triumph. The gate is located at the highest of the seven hills and is the second most important gate after the Golden Gate. This is also the place from where the defense of the city was mounted by the last Byzantine...   view more

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Create Your Own Walk in Istanbul

Create Your Own Walk in Istanbul

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Roman Heritage Walking Tour I

Roman Heritage Walking Tour I

Constantinople, being an imperial capital for over a millennium, still contains many important buildings and sites that show the greatness of the Eastern Roman Empire. This tour will take you through the most famous of them, giving you a glimpse of the most developed and flourishing city of the middle ages in Europe - Constantinople (Present day Istanbul).

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Roman Heritage Walking Tour II

Roman Heritage Walking Tour II

Constantinople was an imperial capital for over a millennium and still contains many sites that demonstrate the importance and greatness of the Eastern Roman Empire. This tour will take you trough the most famous of them, located in the inner city of Constantinople.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Architectural Walking Tour

Architectural Walking Tour

Istanbul can offer its visitors quite an unforgettable experience when it comes to architecture. Here you can admire both the architectural achievements of the long vanished Eastern Roman Empire and its influence and the traditional Ottoman-Arabic style. Take this tour to see some of the best examples these architectural styles.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

Istanbul, throughout its history as Byzantium and Constantinople, has been a center of commerce and trade- a place to buy all kinds of exotic items. Today’s modern traveler in Istanbul also enjoys an interesting and colorful shopping experience. The sheer number of shops, bazaars, products, prices and insistent shopkeepers, however, can be overwhelming. To focus your search and improve your shopping experience in Istanbul, here is a list of suggested gift items that reflect true Turkish culture along with where they can be bought and their price ranges.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Asian Part Walking Tour

Asian Part Walking Tour

Istanbul, Turkey's wealthiest and biggest city is split by the Bosphorus in two parts - European and Asian. In this tour you can experience the eastern side and feel the true spirit of the Orient with small, crowded streets and countless mosques.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

Istanbul is a city with nearly 2 millenia of history as a capital of empires and the largest city of the republic of Turkey. Tourists may see history on every corner, but museums have the finest artifacts on display. We invite you to walk through the best museums in Istanbul in the guide below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km

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