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Rumeli Fortress

Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
(0212) 263 5305
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Ranked #13 of 644 attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums, Historic Sites
Description: This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to protect the narrow waterway from advancing ships.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We took the time to visit the fortress from the Sultanahmet district and we are very glad we did so! Not only is it a nice escape from the buzzing crowds surrounding the better known landmarks like the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, but the views from the walls are stunning and the information on the fortress and its walls... More

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Gloucester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This ruined fortress is a great place to get up high and see across to the Asian side and along the Bosphorus. We took the bus along the river, 22 or 25E, which in itself is worth the trip. There are lots of castle walls and towers to be climbed, but no railings and uneven underfoot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Went here with the kids while the wife had a Turkish bath day! The kids and I loved it! We went through the whole place with a tour guide we met outside who free lances between his university lectures! We had such a good time climbing those steps and hearing how crucial a role the fortress played in the past.... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My partner insisted on visiting this fort, as he'd been reading about the Crusades; I went along reluctantly at first, and enjoyed our visit far more than I expected. There are many steps - some quite steep and precarious for those with poor balance. I found a way to climb them all, and was rewarded with many beautiful views of... More

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you have time for a boat tour or want to get away from central Istanbul, go here. Rumeli Fortress is a fascinating piece of Ottoman history that is on par with many ruins elsewhere in the world. Re-built by the Ottomans to help close off the Bosphorous during the siege of Constantinople, this fortress is impressive and massive. Towers... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The Rumeli fortress ( Rumeli Hisari) is one of the places that are recommended to visit while you are in Isatnbul. You can reach there by bus directly from Taxim square or from Kabatash. Both are in the beyouglu area in the European side of the city. The admission fee is 10 TL/person. The remaining of the fortress consist of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I have travelled with my 70 year old father and were worried about him as the steps can be steep and not very safe.Loved the view, history behind it and the fact not many tourists were there!

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

wow this is an amazingly huge place, but be careful as the stairs are narrow and no barriers. We got on a tram then the number 25A bus getting off near the 3rd bridge, entry is 10 lira or can use museum card for free entry. the view from the walls, if game enough to climb stairs, are breath taking.... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The view from the top is uncomparable!..but if you have acrophobia you should be careful. Staircases to the top are quite narrow and the wind is strong. Still, defenitly worth a visit!

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İstanbul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It is very big and beautiful place. According to me,everybody must see this place and going is very easy by bus. View is incredible and you may see Bosphorus.

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