While much has been destroyed over the past centuries, there are still many significant remains of Byzantine Constantinople. While often overlooked, these remains give us insight into the glories of a city which once was the largest Christian city in the world.
While earthquakes, invasions and time have eroded the structures of the city, many of these structures can still be found in Istanbul today. The most common are the churches, of which Hagia Sophia is the most famous. Much of the city's impressive walls, part of the UNESCO heritage of Istanbul, also remain. These walls withstood the attacks of many invasions, including the Huns, the Avars, Bulgars and Arabs, possibly making Constantinople the greatest walled city of all time. Many other structures can also be found, including aqueducts, palaces and monumental columns. Once its own suburb, the region of Galata also have noteworthy remains, which show Istanbul's Italian history as well.
This section of the Byzantine Legacy allows for you to explore the city of Constantinople with both what remains and what is known to have once existed.
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