Palace of Constantine Porphyrogenitus

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Palace of Constantine Porphyrogenitus information

Istanbul , Turkey
Hoca Çakır Caddesi
Getting there
Bus: 99, 99A, 99Y, 28 from Eminönü, 55T, 87 from Taksim
Ferry: Ayvansaray
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Though only a shell these days, the remnants of this Byzantine palace give a good idea of how it would have looked in its heyday. Built in the late 13th or early 14th century, the large three-storied structure may have been an annexe of the nearby imperial Palace of Blachernae, of which few traces exist today.

The building's later uses were not so regal: after the Conquest it functioned in turn as a menagerie for exotic wild animals, a brothel, a poorhouse for destitute Jews, a pottery and finally a car park.

When we visited, restoration of the palace's remaining sections had finished, but it was closed to the public with no opening date forthcoming.