19 April 2009

Ruin of the Day: The Theodosian Walls of Istanbul

TV dish mounted on the Theodosian walls, built between 408 and 413 AD.

This is one of the funnest places in Istanbul - the whole area of the walls is full of gypsy encampments, market gardens, huge fig trees bursting through ancient towers, lovers sneaking off into the bushes, lurking drunk guys, and parts of the wall repurposed as storage sheds, auto workshops, squatter camps, and (above) satellite dish mounts. The walk from Yedikule up to Topkapi or (better!) the old Blachernae Palace on the Golden Horn makes a sweet day trip.

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