Ancient Ruins in Istanbul

Ancient Ruins in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Ancient Ruins

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  • Hayrettin A
    1 contribution
    As usual amazing ambiance, attention to details, well trained personnel, first class food even better than Michelin style
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • AzRat
    Arizona1,845 contributions
    October 2021. A must see imho in the Sultanahmet. Original palace mosaics restored and displayed in this of the beaten path museum. Very quiet and serene atmosphere on our visit as it’s not a tour bus stop. Worth an hour to view and study some 2000 year old mosaics. Some older restoration done poorly, modern efforts much better. Next to the bazaar on the south side of the Blue Mosque.
    Written 29 October 2021
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  • Ben F
    Bloomington, IN1,071 contributions
    While I didn’t interact with the walls too much on my trip, I did enjoy walking through them to access Gulhane Park. They looked steeped in rich history, and I could only imagine their significance to the Ottoman Empire back in the day. Perhaps not as impressive as walls you’d see in more fortress-famous cities like Quebec, but these in Istanbul are fascinating nonetheless. Recommended to at least take a picture of them!
    Written 31 August 2021
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  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia2,555 contributions
    Very good but a little hard to find.
    It is a marvelous piece of Roman engineering and amazing that it is still standing.
    Well worth the effort to find and have a look.
    Written 4 October 2020
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  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia2,555 contributions
    Originally made close to 1450BC, this obelisk was bought to Istanbul in the reign of Theodosius. It is amazing to see something that is close 3 and half thousand years old and still in such good condition. It shows the history of the place. This is something that Australia is lacking in (apart from some of the oldest indigenous paintings). It amazes me to stand close to and look at magnificent artifacts like this.
    Written 8 September 2020
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  • Departure811861
    Germany853 contributions
    I had often passed by this türbe in Divan Yolu but had not entered it, which was a mistake. It is possible to go and look at the tomb of Sultan Mahmud in the türbe "building". It is designed like most other türbeler of sultans in Istanbul.
    What I found most interesting were the tombstones in the graveyard outside. In a very special sense you could call them beautiful even though they do not make their "owners" alive any more. Some of them are decorated with floral ornaments. One is the tomb of an important Ottoman navy admiral. It has got the form of a ship with sails. In the afternoon sunshine the graveyard seemed like a peaceful and serene park for the living, not for the dead.
    Written 30 April 2019
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  • Jon4fun
    London, UK101 contributions
    Rather nice sense of history, with the traffic adding to the experience rather than being a distraction given the purpose of the gateways
    Written 17 October 2020
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  • PMQuestions
    North Yorkshire, UK27,349 contributions
    We were walking down from Agia Sofia into Sirecki and this extraordinary confection is on the left. It is the entrance to a provincial government building formerly the entry to the Sublime Porte, the very heart of the Ottoman Empire.

    With evident security we did not feel we wanted to linger but were pleasantly surprised to spot it as we walked along.
    Written 15 May 2019
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  • yellowperilhk
    Hong Kong, China1,088 contributions
    Unfortunately what is left of the palace appears to be crumbling; and it will probably be allowed to fall into complete disrepair without some kind of official or charitable intervention.
    Written 18 June 2019
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  • Lanni
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands3,816 contributions
    Overlooking Sea of Marmara, according to history had its own harbor / the limen of Boukoleon with a flight of marble steps leading down to the emperor’s ship ... As the Palace of Blachernai became more important than the Great Palace, the Palace of Boukoleon also lost its importance and was finally abandoned by the Late Byzantine era ... Sections of the palace were destroyed to build a railway, though a vaulted structure with three large marble-framed windows and a gateway have survived. While situated on the waterfront, the shallow waters by the maritime walls were filled in so as to build a new road, Kennedy Caddesi, in 1959 (quoted from The Byzantine Legacy portal).
    The location of this ruin is not too far away from Küçük Ayasophia although less attention is given by visitors to enjoy the beauty of the ruin.
    Written 21 December 2019
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  • VIPIN_GOEL_TP_Impex
    New Delhi, India5,889 contributions
    The Forum of Theodosius is situated on Ordu Caddesi (Caddesi means Street) in Constantinople. While walking on street we saw some marble pieces well lit under light. The marble pieces that are located here are from Forum. It was originally built by Constantine I and named the Forum Tauri ("Forum of the Bull"). In 393, however, it was renamed after Emperor Theodosius I, who rebuilt it after the model of Trajan's Forum in Rome. There is nothing much, just a casual walk but we had some beautiful photos in lights here.
    Written 31 March 2019
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  • Bakpir
    3 contributions
    I've been first time there. Location and sightseeing is beautiful and eating against to marmara sea was wonderful. Prices are cheap and food tastes are nice. I recommend you to see this place and it's on the way to Sirkeci.
    Written 26 July 2012
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
    This is the largest Han built in the style of western architecture which was also prevented from being demolished. On the waterfront, it's hard to miss.
    Written 1 March 2019
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  • Departure811861
    Germany853 contributions
    Not much is left of the Forum of Constantine. For once, there is the column called Çemberlitaş. It must have stood in the centre of the round forum, which must have looked great. At least this is what reconstructions suggest. In reality, a few more remnants can be seen in Ordu Caddesi, near Istanbul university.
    Written 12 February 2019
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