Valens Aqueduct, Constantinople
A remaining section of the aqueduct built by Emperor Valens in the 4th century CE in Constantinople.
The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople
A painting by Delacroix (1798-1863 CE) depicting the entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople in 1204 CE during the Fourth Crusade. (Louvre, Paris)
Umayyad Siege of Constantinople 717 CE
The Siege of Constantinople by the Umayyad Caliphate in 717 – 718 CE, as depicted in the 14th-century Bulgarian translation of the Constantine Manasses Chronicle. The image has been digitally retouched.
Estuary Chain from Constantinople
Photo of a part of the linked chain which blocked access to the Golden Horn harbor of Constantinople. Istanbul Archaeology Museum.
Basilica Cistern, Constantinople
One of two monumental Medusa carvings which hold up columns in the Basilica Cistern of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople). The cistern was constructed in the 6th century BCE reusing the Medusa blocks from an earlier Roman building. One Medusa...
The Siege of Constantinople, 1453
The Siege of Constantinople, 1453. Illustration by Jean Le Tavernier accompanying a translation by Jean Miélot of Bertrandon de la Broquière's Voyage d'Outre-Mer. Full-page miniature, MSS fr. 9087, at folio 207 vv., created after 1455...
Basil I was emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 867 to 886 CE and he founded the "Macedonian" dynasty which lasted for over 200 years. Basil was an Armenian from a humble background who had risen to become the second most powerful...
Constans II (aka Konstans II) was emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 641 to 668 CE. Sometimes known as Constans Pogonatos (“the Bearded”), he came to the throne by a series of unlikely events and his empire was immediately challenged...
John II Komnenos
John II Komnenos “the Handsome” was emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 1118 CE to 1143 CE. John, almost constantly on campaign throughout his reign, would continue the military successes of his father Alexios I with significant...
Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) - Ancient Rome Live
The Roman Emperor Constantine founded Constantinople on Byzantium, a strategic site for controlling the Bosphorus by the Greeks and as recently as Septimius Severus. This city was Constantine's "New Rome" with churches, walls, hippodrome...