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Porta Aurea

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Identification

Porta Aurea
The Golden Gate
147879

Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
roman architecture

Facts

  • There was a monumental quadriga at its top with 4 bronze elephant statues.
  • Erected by the late Roman emperor Theodosius in 380 AD, the Porta Aurea (Golden Gate) was the main ceremonial entrance gate of the land walls of Constantinople, through which the emperors left for their campaigns, and where they celebrated their triumphant return.
  • In contrast to the usual brick and limestone construction of the city walls, it was built from white marble and had golden doors.
  • Yedikule Castle was built right next to the Porta Aurea in order to protect the city's main entrance gate (there were 54 other entrance gates along the Walls of Constantinople) from attacks.

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Location

Yedikule
Fatih
Istanbul
Marmara Region
Turkey

Technical Data

380

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • UNESCO landmark
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