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A view looking east at the innermost opening—of three—of the East Gate that is located on the east side of Nicea (Iznik). In Turkish, this is called the Lefke Kapi.
Beyond this arched gate—in the foreground—is the archway of the middle opening, and beyond that the outermost opening of the Lefke Kappi
The "Lefke Kapi" is one of the four major gates of ancient Nicea. An inscription above this gate indicates that it was built by a proconsul Marcus Plancius Varus. These gates were embedded into the late first century A.C. wall (Flavian walls) that were rebuilt after the Goths destroyed them in A.D. 268. The walls were about 3 miles (5 km) in circumference and included over 100 towers!