Language variant : Altınkapı / Yaldızlıkapı
Architect : Theodosius II (commissioner (poss.))
Completion: 5th c. (beginning of)
Locality : Istanbul
Country : Turkey
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“The 'Golden Gate', is the designation of an archway, completely filled-in with solid masonry; but according to an old tradition, the future conquerors of Constantinople, will penetrate into the city by this gate, through which, aforetime, passed in triumph Alexis Strategopolos (lieutenant of Michael Paleologus), when he, in one night, reconquered Byzantium from Beaudoin II, and put an end to the French Empire in the East.
Is it true, as the Greeks hope and expect, that this gate will soon open again its massive portals, to admit their co-religionists the Russians, after the interval of four hundred years (fixed by a prophecy as the time which should intervene from the last capture of Constantinople) shall have elapsed, – a period which will expire on the 29th of May next; and will mass, on that day, be celebrated in Saint-Sophia, in presence of the Czar?”
Théophile Gautier, Constantinople of to-day, Translated from the French by Robert Howe Gould, London: David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street, 1854, p. 235.
Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen