Initially built by Constantine the Great, the walls surrounded the new city on all sides, protecting it against attack from both sea and land. As the city grew, the famous double line of the Theodosian Walls was built in the 5th century. Although the other sections of the walls were less elaborate, when well-manned, they were almost impregnable for any medieval besieger, saving the city, and the Byzantine Empire with it, during sieges from the Avars, Arabs, Rus', and Bulgars, among others. 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. Ultimately the city fell from sheer weight of numbers of the Ottoman forces on 29 May 1453 after a six-week siege.
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erhan1958 (15483) 2014-07-16 12:54
very strange country, modern party, skyscrapers, and historic area, in the same fareme
daddo (25569) 2014-07-16 16:20
Zdravo Aleksandar. Impresivne su te stare zidine Konstantinopola i covik shvati kako je mocan bio taj grad i bogat. Dobar POV koji nam pokaze nesto staro u blizini i nesto sasvim novo u daljini.Pozdrav. Klaudio.
jhm (143573) 2014-07-17 3:46
A beautiful view of Istanbul, you created a wise arrangement of space and elements within your frame and used the light most aptly to obtain these rich and sweet colours and give the city a magical allure.
We get two Istanbuls, one old and onde new with skyscrapers.
Composition and subject make these picture attractive.
Colours and presentation are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Nicou (129022) 2014-07-17 5:06
quel contraste de plan et vue quelle image et captage avec cette immense ville et ces building en fond c'est superbe merveilleuse vue.
Bravo et amitié
berek (43058) 2014-07-17 8:25
summary with a picture of Istanbul. a successful photographs. We are slowly losing my city I grew up I was born.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-07-17 11:59
lovely view of the city with the hazy skyscrapers in the distance. I liked the framing with the strong foreground that provides a nice sense of depth. The colours are natural and the sharpness and details excellent.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful photograph.
Have a nice day.
gervaso (11402) 2014-07-26 18:46
Interesting composition with the old walls in the foreground making a great contrast with the tall buildings in the background, with a perfect framing to show that! Very good job!
npecanhuk (69568) 2014-07-30 17:11
Very interesting and attractive picture, specially for its original chosen pov and composition for the city of Istanbul!
TFS - congrats,
adores (40468) 2014-07-31 15:22
I really like these three layers - the old wall, the old city and the modern part in background. Good composition!
- Copyright: Aleksandar Dekanski (dekanski) (4077)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-30
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Sony HX200v
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Istanbul
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-16 12:25