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Rumeli Fortress

Address: Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 263 5305
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Ranked #28 of 668 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to protect the narrow waterway from advancing ships.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Built by Fatih prior to conquering the city, Rumeli Hisar is a wonderfully well preserved castle open to walk around and explore and also as a venue for concerts during the summer. Great views from the towers, but traffic can be a problem, especially during summer weekends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Although it's somewhat out of the way, there is a bus which runs from the city centre. If you can afford the time to get out of the centre, it's well worth it - Rumeli Fortress is a gem. There are fantastic views of the Bosphorous and the 'second' bridge, and there are practically no restrictions on where you can... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Nice views from the fortress, which is surounded by very nice area, just next to the sea. The bad thing is that the most exciting views are available from forbidden areas, you are not allowed to climb the walls at all, only some inside stairs are available, but non close enough that you could literally look from the top of... More 

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I took my family on a cruise of the Bosporus Straits during our recent trip to Istanbul. The Rumeli Fortress stands as a massive guardian of the Bosporus Straits. Located at the most narrow point of the straits (660 meters), the Fortress was built in 1452 by Sultan Mehmed II. Rumeli was built in just four months by the Ottomans... More 

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Michigan City, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Nice area and off the beaten path. Worth going to if you're into castles and historical locations!!!

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Rumeli hisari (Roman fortress) was built in 1452 in order to defend Konstantinopol from Osmans. It is erected in the most narrow part of Bosphorus with another foretress - Anadolu hisari (Anatolian fortress) - located just opposite in order to fight the enemy from both sides. In reality the osmans managed to conquer it already in 1453. Nowadays, it is... More 

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Split, Croatia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I like position and thats all..seams like nobody cares about it looke like some poor and lonley place

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Somers, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I am aboslutely obssesed with this castle. During the summer of 2014 they allowed people to climb all over the walls, but as of my last visit in November 2014 they had closed off the walls. I am not sure if this is because they decided the walls are too dangerous or if they just close them off every winter.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

First of all, you cannot climb the walls or ramparts. Lots of older reviews recommend doing this for the great views but this is no longer possible. Security remind you of this on the way in and there are patrolling guards to make sure you aren't crossing the barriers. That aside, I enjoyed my visit here. It was a rainy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This fort is one of the witnesses on Islamic Force in the past. It is really a great place with a great view on Bosphour and Istanbul asian side

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