HistoryNet.com contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines. The belts were constructed at a tiered elevation, starting at 30 feet for the Inner Wall and descending to the moat. In the 1453 siege an Ottoman attack on the same place was repelled. Bonus knew that the walls could be held long, so long … Only three gates, the Golden Gate, the Gate of Rhegion and the Gate of Charisius, can be established directly from the literary evidence. [12], Already by the early 5th century, Constantinople had expanded outside the Constantinian Wall in the extramural area known as the Exokionion or Exakionion. Following the walls from south to north, the Golden Gate (Greek: Χρυσεία Πύλη, Chryseia Pylē; Latin: Porta Aurea; Turkish: Altınkapı or Yaldızlıkapı), is the first gate to be encountered. Ten years later, facing the threat of an invasion by Charles d'Anjou, a second line of walls was built behind the original maritime walls, although no trace of them survives today. Mordtmann). While en route to Palestine, the leaders of the crusade, cash-strapped and never opposed to a little profiteering, took up an offer by Alexius, the son of the deposed and imprisoned Emperor Isaac II, to restore their throne. It is pertinent today, as historians look upon the tragic history of the Balkans, to recognize the consequences for the West and the implications for the world had it not been for Constantinople’s role as the citadel at the gate of Europe, which for critical centuries held the East at bay through the long night of the Dark Ages. Despite its ceremonial role, the Golden Gate was one of the stronger positions along the walls of the city, withstanding several attacks during the various sieges. The Hundred Years’ War witnessed the emergence of this weapon as the decisive instrument of war on land. The land walls spanned 4 miles (6.5 km) and consisted of a double line of ramparts with a moat on the outside; the higher of the two stood as high as 40 feet (12 metres) with a … It also bears inscriptions commemorating repairs in 1188, 1317 and 1441. Two gates are known to have existed in the vicinity in Byzantine times: the Kynegos Gate (Πύλη τοῦ Κυνηγοῦ/τῶν Κυνηγῶν, Pylē tou Kynēgou/tōn Kynēgōn, "Gate of the Hunter(s)"), whence the quarter behind it was named Kynegion, and the Gate of St. John the Forerunner and Baptist (Πόρτα τοῦ ἁγίου Προδρόμου και Βαπτιστοῦ, Porta tou hagiou Prodromou kai Baptistou), though it is not clear whether the latter was distinct from the Kynegos Gate. The walls of Constantinople were 100 ft tall and 30 ft thick, and Mehmed's solution was to use gunpowder and fire cannons at the walls. It was, though, Theodosius I (r. 379-395 CE) who began the project of improving the capital’s defences by building the Golden Gate of Constantinople in November 391 CE. Indeed, the Byzantine were regarded with contempt by many in Italians. 820–829). Muslim traders had their own lodgings (mitaton) there, including a mosque, while from the time of Alexios I Komnenos (r. 1081–1118) on, the emperors granted to the various Italian maritime republics extensive trading quarters which included their own wharfs (skalai) beyond the sea walls. [48], The weakest section of the wall was the so-called Mesoteichion (Μεσοτείχιον, "Middle Wall"). The ‘Queen of Cities,’ she was a magnet for pilgrim, trader, and conqueror alike. [29] The latter was especially powerful, and destroyed large parts of the wall, including 57 towers. It lost its function as a gate, and for much of the Ottoman era, it was used as a treasury, archive, and state prison. When it was tested, a Turkish chronicler wrote that a warning was sent out to the Ottoman camp so that pregnant women would not abort at the shock. At about that time Justinian II established the first new guards units to protect the imperial palace precinct, while in the 8th century the emperors, faced with successive revolts by the thematic armies and pursuing deeply unpopular iconoclastic policies, established the imperial tagmata as an elite force loyal to them. [208], City walls of Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey), Map showing Constantinople and its walls during the Byzantine era, Preservation and restoration work on the Land Walls, The city of walls: Constantinople – Lars Brownworth, 2008 Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the world, "From "opus craticium" to the "Chicago frame": Earthquake resistant traditional construction (2006)", "World Monuments Watch Listing of the City Walls", "Ana Sayfa – T.C. In spite of Emperor Constantine XI’s efforts to rally volunteers, few answered the call. On the Yedikule Kapısı, opinions vary as to its origin: some scholars consider it to date already to Byzantine times,[107] while others consider it an Ottoman addition. [18][23], The Old Gate of the Prodromos (Παλαιὰ Πόρτα τοῦ Προδρόμου, Palaia Porta tou Prodromou), named after the nearby Church of St John the Baptist (called Prodromos, "the Forerunner", in Greek), is another unclear case. After seven weeks of heroic resistance, the defenders had reached the limits of endurance. While I am certainly not defending t… These walls were the last evidences of elaborate systems of fortifications that were ever built. Crowley wrote: “For Constantine a successful defense of the city depended on relief from Christian Europe. The units present in the city at any one time were thus never very numerous, numbering a few thousands at best, but they were complemented by several detachments stationed around the capital, in Thrace and Bithynia. Constantinople had stood strong for over 1,200 years, and fended off several attacks on it. As Turkish soldiers appeared in the garrison’s rear, the defense swiftly collapsed. With 80,000 soldiers-including 15,000 of the Sultan’s elite Janissary corps-Serbian miners, various siege engines, and a fleet of some 300 to 400 ships, it was a formidable force, though hardly anything the city had not seen many times before. During the Fourth Crusade that enmity erupted into open warfare when the Latins sought to exploit one of Byzantium’s many dynastic squabbles. To his engineers, who had hauled Urban’s cannon across Thrace, that posed little problem. In the late 19th century, it appears as the Örülü kapı ("Walled Gate").[100][102]. A steep and rugged shoreline and the Sea of Marmara’s swift currents protected the southern coast. The attackers were also well supplied with artillery, including a cannon called “the Basilica,” 27 feet long and capable of throwing a stone ball of 600 pounds. Enjoy these facts 42 about Constantinople, the … Crewed by 500, it took 2 hours to load and could only fire eight rounds per day. Many of its splendors, old and new, still beckon, though the broken, overgrown remnants of its ancient defenses attract little interest. Apparently, the trace of the walls owed itself more to the need to accommodate a growing population than a regard for the natural lines of terrain. 425 names it as the city's 13th region. The Byzantine metropolis of Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) flourished for over a millennium thanks in part to the strength of its defensive walls. [109] In 1864, the remains of a postern located on the Outer Wall at the end of the Theodosian Walls, between tower 96 and the so-called Palace of the Porphyrogenitus, were discovered and identified with the Kerkoporta by the Greek scholar A.G. Paspates. [175] Further east lay the Gate of the Neorion (Πόρτα τοῦ Νεωρίου, Porta tou Neōriou), recorded as the Horaia Gate (Πύλη Ὡραία, Pylē Horaia, "Beautiful Gate") in late Byzantine and Ottoman times. Ben Crenshaw, pro golfer; nicknamed "Gentle Ben," he won the Masters Tournament in 1984 and 1995. In the 15th century, Constantinople’s walls were widely recognized as the most formidable in all of Europe. These were double walls, but in the 5th century, and were considered to be completely impassable by anyone. [41], The outer wall was 2 m thick at its base, and featured arched chambers on the level of the peribolos, crowned with a battlemented walkway, reaching a height of 8.5–9 m.[42] Access to the outer wall from the city was provided either through the main gates or through small posterns on the base of the inner wall's towers. The Gate was used for triumphal entries until the Komnenian period; thereafter, the only such occasion was the entry of Michael VIII Palaiologos into the city on 15 August 1261, after its reconquest from the Latins. Using greased windlasses and buffalo teams, the first ships made the trip on the night of April 22. From there and until the Gate of Rhegion the wall follows a more or less straight line to the north, climbing the city's Seventh Hill. [126], From the last tower of the Wall of Manuel Komnenos to the so-called Prison of Anemas stretches another wall, some 150 m in length, with four square towers. It is very likely that this gate is to be identified with the Gate of Kalagros (Πύλη τοῦ Καλάγρου). Unable to force a passage through the chain and past the Christian warships, the sultan resolved to bypass it by hauling his ships overland, behind Galata and into the Golden Horn. Of the 200,000 Muslims who laid siege to Constantinople in 717, only 30,000 crossed back into Syria the following year. The fleet, long the critical arm of the Empire, now consisted of just three Venetian galleasses and 20 galleys. Christianity flourished in Constantinople because Emperor Constantine embraced this … That night, the usurper Alexius III, fled and the next day Isaac was crowned with his son as co-emperor Alexius IV. This spread panic, beginning the rout of the defenders and leading to the fall of the city. Naturally, such an important city with such a long life has some pretty remarkable stories etched within its walls. Although the city had benefitted from previous emperors building fortifications, especially Constantine I when he moved his capital from Rome to the east, it is Emperor Theodosius II who is most associated with Constantinople’s famous city walls. Despite future changes and restorations, these walls would essentially protect the city until the end of the empire. Traditionally, the seaward walls have been attributed by scholars to Constantine I, along with the construction of the main land wall. Constantinople was reborn as Istanbul, and as the capital of the Ottoman Empire, its fortunes were reversed. [55][64] In 965, Nikephoros II Phokas installed the captured bronze city gates of Mopsuestia in the place of the original ones. When seen from a bird's eye view, the walls and the towers are placed accordingly to write Muhammad in Arabic letters. The lower chamber, which opened through the main wall to the city, was used for storage, while the upper one could be entered from the wall's walkway, and had windows for view and for firing projectiles. The Walls of Constantinople enabled the city to endure long after the Roman empire was fading. A knight, grasping for balance moving down a narrow platform high above a ship rolling at anchor, then lifting himself over the parapet, all while evading the arrows, cuts and thrusts of the defenders, was at the mercy of his circumstances. [59] According to descriptions of Pierre Gilles and English travelers from the 17th century, these reliefs were arranged in two tiers, and featured mythological scenes, including the Labours of Hercules. In the end, the same spirit of ingenuity that created Constantinople’s fortifications would prove their undoing. [83] It was re-opened in 1346,[84] but closed again before the siege of 1453 and remained closed until 1886, leading to its early Ottoman name, Kapalı Kapı ("Closed Gate"). [189], Further south, at the point where the shore turns westwards, are two further gates, the Balıkhane Kapısı ("Gate of the Fish-House") and Ahırkapısı ("Stable Gate"). [19] Its construction is often attributed to Constantine, but is in fact of uncertain age. It also contains an excellent account of the defense of Constantinople in the Seventh and Eight Centuries.’. In fact, the very first walls were built long before his reign, and had already undergone repairs using tombstones as early as 340 BC. Most historians point to the Latin conquest of Constantinople on April 13, 1204 as the practical end of the Byzantine Empire, which disintegrated into a number of feudal fiefdoms and kingdoms under the elected Latin Emperor Baldwin I until his defeat and capture by Tsar Kaloyan’s Bulgarian army near Adrianople on April 14, 1205, and his subsequent execution by his captors. The largest was 9 metres long with a gaping mouth one metre across. Both the Byzantine and Sassanid Persian empires, nearly prostrate from 25 years of mutual warfare (fighting that cost the Greeks alone some 200,000 men, an enormous drain of manpower in that age) were unable to hold back the tide. In addition, a number of them have proper names, and the established sequence of numbering them, based on their perceived correspondence with the names of certain city quarters lying between the Constantinian and Theodosian walls which have numerical origins, has been shown to be erroneous: for instance, the Deuteron, the "Second" quarter, was not located in the southwest behind the Gate of the Deuteron or "Second Military Gate" as would be expected, but in the northwestern part of the city.[52]. As these repairs coincided with the capture of Crete by the Saracens, no expense was spared: As Constantine Manasses wrote, "the gold coins of the realm were spent as freely as worthless pebbles". The impact of Constantinople’s successful defense at that time cannot be overstated. [45], The moat was situated at a distance of about 20 m from the outer wall. They were built by the Ottomans to control this strategically vital waterway in preparation for their final assault on Constantinople. [151] Time being short, as a Latin attempt to recover the city was expected, the sea walls were heightened by the addition of two-meter high wooden and hide-covered screens. [154], The wall facing towards the Golden Horn, where in later times most seaborne traffic was conducted, stretched for a total length of 5,600 metres from the cape of St. Demetrius to the Blachernae, where it adjoined the Land Walls. In any case, their numbers were no longer sufficient to defend the Land Walls, sections of which were reduced to rubble. To enhance the integrity of the overall network, the towers and walls were built independently of one another. [9] Constantine's fortification consisted of a single wall, reinforced with towers at regular distances, which began to be constructed in 324 and was completed under his son Constantius II (r. Generally speaking, most of the surviving towers of the main wall have been rebuilt either in Byzantine or in Ottoman times, and only the foundations of some are of original Theodosian construction. These reliefs, lost since the 17th century with the exception of some fragments now in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, were probably put in place in the 9th or 10th centuries to form the appearance of a triumphal gate. For centuries thereafter, its materials were used in local buildings, but several parts, especially in the remoter central and northern sections, are still extant. The weaknesses of the defenses must have been obvious, since a series of attackers, beginning with the Avars, had tried to exploit them. Pyrgos Basileiou kai Kōnstantinou) on the Propontis coast to the area of the Palace of the Porphyrogenitus (Tr. These localities were strategically situated along the main routes to the city, and formed the outer defenses of Constantinople throughout its history, serving to muster forces, confront enemy invasions or at least buy time for the capital's defenses to be brought in order. Combining that technology with superior energy and vision, Mehmet would go further than others in exploring tactical solutions to the formidable obstacle that Constantinople’s defenses still presented. Bury and Kenneth Setton, identify this gate as the "Gate of St. Romanus" mentioned in the texts on the final siege and fall of the city. An ambiguous passage refers to extensive damage to the city's "inner wall" from an earthquake on 25 September 478, which likely refers to the Constantinian wall, and Theophanes the Confessor reports renewed earthquake damage in 557. In Asia Minor, their role was mirrored by the cities of Nicaea and Nicomedia, and the large field camp at Malagina. The final blow came on May 29, 1453. Latin caliga, "sandal"). [169], The next gate is the Gate of the Drungaries (Πύλη τῶν Δρουγγαρίων, Pylē tōn Droungariōn), modern Odunkapısı ("Wood Gate"). It contained a double wall which stretched 1.2 … Van Millingen identifies this gate with the early Byzantine Gate of Melantias (Πόρτα Μελαντιάδος),[89] but more recent scholars have proposed the identification of the latter with one of the gates of the city's original Constantinian Wall (see above). The complexities of that geography provided both advantages and challenges to the site’s defense. [112], The Theodosian Walls were without a doubt among the most important defensive systems of Late Antiquity. It was 3.30 m thick and over 5 m high, but its effectiveness was apparently limite… It consists of three large and one small towers, connected by a wall reinforced with 13 small watchtowers. The empire was at the end of its resources, its defenses left primarily to Italian mercenaries. The ancient Lycus River ran diagonally northwest to southeast across the peninsula, forming a narrow valley that sectioned the city into two distinct areas-a chain of six hills running along the Golden Horn to the north, and a single, larger hill to the south. [188] It is also probable that one of them is to be identified with the Postern of Michael the Protovestiarios (παραπυλὶς τοῦ Μιχαὴλ τοῦ πρωτοβεστιαρίου, parapylis tou Michaēl tou prōtovestiariou). It was 3.30 m thick and over 5 m high, but its effectiveness was apparently limite… The first and greatest of these is the 56 km long Anastasian Wall (Gk. The Walls of Blachernae connect the Theodosian Walls, which terminate at the height of the Palace of the Porphyrogenitus (Turkish: Tekfur Sarayı), with the sea wall at the Golden Horn. They were formed by a single wall, considerably lower than the land walls, with inner circuits in the locations of the harbours. It survived until the 14th century, when the Byzantine scholar Manuel Chrysoloras described it as being built of "wide marble blocks with a lofty opening", and crowned by a kind of stoa. Πύλη τῆς Συλημβρίας), appeared in Byzantine sources shortly before 1453. The advent of gunpowder siege cannons rendered the fortifications vulnerable, but cannon technology was not sufficiently advanced to capture the city on its own, and the walls could be repaired between reloading. Along the Sea of Marmara, the Castle of the Seven Towers secured the southern approach, while in the north, along the Golden Horn, the salient that was the quarter of the Blachernae Palace, residence of the later Byzantine emperors, was gradually transformed into one massive fortress. [49], The wall contained nine main gates, which pierced both the inner and the outer walls, and a number of smaller posterns. The Old Golden Gate (Latin: Porta Aurea, Ancient Greek: Χρυσεία Πύλη), known also as the Xerolophos Gate and the Gate of Saturninus,[18] is mentioned in the Notitia Urbis Constantinopolitanae, which further states that the city wall itself in the region around it was "ornately decorated". However, Constantinople had repulsed repeated Muslim assaults from the 7th century onward. Indeed, in the words of the Cambridge Ancient History, they were "perhaps the most successful and influential city walls ever built – they allowed the city and its emperors to survive and thrive for more than a millennium, against all strategic logic, on the edge of [an] extremely unstable and dangerous world...".[113]. They were continued by the walls of Blachernae which were built and rebuilt several times and linked the land walls to the sea walls. [186] Behind these two gates extended the quarter of the Mangana (Μάγγανα, "Arsenal"), with its numerous monasteries, the most famous of which were those of St. George of Mangana, the Church of Christ Philanthropos, and of the Theotokos Hodegetria, and the Palace of Mangana. This wall was protected by 27 towers and had at least two landward gates, one which survived to become known as the Arch of Urbicius, and one where the Milion monument was later located. The art of fortification has existed ever since man first came to realize the value of natural obstacles to his common defense, and evolved as he sought to invoke his own methods to fully exploit that advantage. It was 3.30 m thick and over 5 m high, but its effectiveness was apparently limited, and it was abandoned at some time in the 7th century for want of resources to maintain and men to garrison it. [40] They are spaced at 48–78 m, with an average distance of 50–66 m.[43] Only 62 of the outer wall's towers survive. [10][11] Only the approximate course of the wall is known: it began at the Church of St. Anthony at the Golden Horn, near the modern Atatürk Bridge, ran southwest and then southwards, passed east of the great open cisterns of Mocius and of Aspar, and ended near the Church of the Theotokos of the Rhabdos on the Propontis coast, somewhere between the later sea gates of St. Aemilianus and Psamathos. [174], To the east of the Perama Gate was the Hikanatissa Gate (Πόρτα τῆς Ἱκανατίσσης, Porta tēs Hikanatissēs), a name perhaps derived from the imperial tagma of the Hikanatoi. As for his enemies, as soon as he reached the walls of the Constantinople, he ordered the call of Azan for Jum`a and commenced prayer. It was built further inland from the shore, and was about 10 metres tall. The citadel turned back besieging armies 17 times in the course of a millennium. Alexander Hamilton, first U.S. Secretary of Treasury, killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. H. George Selfridge, founder of Selfridge and Co., Ltd., coined the phrase "the customer is always right.". It also showed that the first line stood on the western face of the arch, while the second on the eastern. [31], Throughout their history, the walls were damaged by earthquakes and floods of the Lycus river. [3], Byzantium was relatively unimportant during the early Roman period. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1509, but its approximate location is known through the presence of the nearby İsakapı Mescidi mosque. [54][64] With the exception of the central portal, the gate remained open to everyday traffic. He repaired the marble towers and garrisoned the fort with loyal Catalan soldiers, but had to surrender it to John V Palaiologos (r. 1341–1391) when he abdicated in 1354. [208] Today only the Galata Tower, visible from most of historical Constantinople, remains intact, along with several smaller fragments. [129], Then comes the outer wall of the Anemas Prison, which connects to a double stretch of walls. Benefiting from a power vacuum in the region, the Arabs made stunning advances. It was through this gate that the forces of the Empire of Nicaea, under General Alexios Strategopoulos, entered and retook the city from the Latins on 25 July 1261. 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