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Locality : Istanbul
Country : Turkey
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“I do not suppose, that there is in the world a ride more austerely melancholy, than upon this road, which extends for nearly a league, between a cemetery and a mass of ruins.
The ramparts, composed of two lines of wall flanked with square towers, have at their base a large moat, at present cultivates throughout, which is again surrounded by a stone parapet; forming in fact, three lines of fortification.
These are the walls of Constantine; at least such as have been left of them, after time, sieges, and earthquakes have done their worst upon them. In their masses of brick and stone, are still visible breaches made by catapults and battering-rams, or by that gigantic culverin, that mastodon of artillery, which was served by seven hundred cannoniers, and threw balls of marble, of nearly half a ton in weight.”
Théophile Gautier, Constantinople of to-day, Translated from the French by Robert Howe Gould, London: David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street, 1854, pp. 228-229.
Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen