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From Yedikule Kapi to Mermer Kule
Yedikule Kapi is named after the nearby fortress "of the seven towers" (Heptapyrghion in Greek, Yedikule in Turkish). On this site there was an old fortress with five towers which was incorporated in the walls. During the XIVth century two other towers were added.
Two powerful circular towers protect Yedikule from attack coming from the city itself, making clear the real purpose of this fortress, which was to provide a safe haven in case of riots. Like the Tower of London Yedikule was used as a treasure house and as a prison.
The Golden Gate
Two square towers on the walls side of Yedikule protect the Golden Gate, a triumphal arch
erected in honour of Theodosius I in 380. The arch was then well outside the walls of Constantine
and Theodosius II included it in the new walls. It was preceded by a smaller arch which became a gate of the walls
(see image below - June 2006).
Mermer Kule (marble tower) is the last tower of the walls between the Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea. The junction with the maritime walls was protected by a small castle.