7.) Walls of Constantinople

  • 2018-12-28
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Imposing stone walls once surrounded the capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople.

They stood for over a millennium, from the city's founding as the new capital of the Roman Empire by Constantine the Great in the fourth century to May 29, 1453.

Only the introduction of gunpowder cannons and overwhelming Ottoman forces could overcome one of the greatest fortifications ever built.

After the city fell, its conquerors renamed it Istanbul.

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