A work in progress
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Constantinople. It started out as a small Thracian town named Lygos. Legend has it that Lygos was founded way back between the 11th and 13th centuries BC. By 657 BC, Greek settlers found the town to have been abandoned and founded a new settlement on top of it called Byzantium.
Lots of renovations
The next phase in the area’s life was the foundation of Constantinople on top of Byzantium. The estimated time it took to complete the job is about 6 years, which sounds like a lot but was incredibly fast in past-time standards. One of the strategies which allowed for such speed was uprooting whole buildings and moving them to a new location. The project was complete in 330 AD.
Imagine the concerts
The Hippodrome, one of the largest, most impressive structures in ancient Constantinople, would fit a modern-day rock concert. It was built to host horse and chariot races, as well as a maximum capacity of more than 80,000 viewers.
It wasn’t popular with the emperors
Constantinople was originally constructed by the emperor Constantine (hence the name) to be crowned as the New Rome. Constantine resided in the city but other emperors didn’t follow in his footsteps after he passed away.
Can’t be conquered
Constantine died in 330 AD. From that point in time and all through the city’s fall in 1453, Constantinople has seen more sieges than you’d think possible. At least seventeen of them were recorded and it appears that only two of them were successful.