Palace of Constantine Porphyrogenitus

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Palace of Constantine Porphyrogenitus information

Istanbul , Turkey
Hoca Çakır Caddesi
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Bus: 31E, 32, 36K & 38E from Eminönü, 87 from Taksim
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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 annex 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 and a pottery.

The structure was undergoing restoration works at the time of research. When these are completed an entry fee may be levied.