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Rumeli Fortress

Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
(0212) 263 5305
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Ranked #13 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Description: This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to protect the narrow waterway from advancing ships.
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Istanbul
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I finally made it to the Rumeli Hisarı. This is an impressive castle/fortress that was built in 4 months in the year 1452. The Ottomans built it and a sister castle called the Anadolu Hisarı as part of their plan to conquer Istanbul (at that time, Constantinople). We were not allowed to walk onto the battlements, which was a disappointment,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Nice uphill walk with lovely views of Bosphorus and Asian side of Istanbul. Fortress walls can not be climbed on, but that didn't spoil our outing.

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Geldrop, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Nice preserved Fortress on the bank of the Bosphorus river. Was very impressive sight form the boat. However located out of Istanbul centre I sure would recommend to visit this place.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Go there if you have visited other major attractions and you have more time left. I went there on my second trip to Istanbul. I like old buildings, fortresses etc. You can walk on the ruins and have nice view over Bosphorus. One thing - there are no railings so you need to have good balance if you want to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I went there in a very crowded time of istanbul but there were really a few people visiting there!it has a great view of bosphorus!it is also in a trendy beautiful district which is far from all the crowd in istanbul.there are some cafe/resturants close to the fortress and they were all serving breakfast till noon so you can have... More

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I loved roaming this fortress, it is located by the sea, and it is very big on the inside, the entrance fee is 10 lira for an adult, and you can go however you please inside the fortress, great for taking pictures, it reaches for the height of the Mehemet Fatih bridge which is right near it. after I was... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

First of all, may I recommend a traditional Turkish Breakfast kaymak cream and honey on bread, eggs, puffy boreks and chai at SADE CAFE located on the right, looking up to the castle on Yahya Kemal Caddesi No:20 to fortify yourself for the climb. If you have a Muzekart, admission is included. Now climb to the perches of each of... More

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Greve
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Built by Mehmet II in his preparation to take Constantinople, this requires considerable physical effort to explore all its corners. Perhaps best admired from the general view at the entrance -- although a must for castle enthusiasts

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Firstly i really enjoyed it here, Secondly are the ramparts accessible, no.. however I crossed the barriers many times and never got shouted at. If I hadn't of breached the rules I'd of been disappointed however as I never follow rules it was and scary. Finding it is the challenge, don't do 59r from sisli, long confusing walk down. Travel... More

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

If You want to take a trip back in history, this is the place. Taking a hop on-hop off boat trip from Kabatas was the easiest way to arrive here.From the boat stop You can take a walk along the shore, or if You're in hurry you can take the bus for a few stops. Very nice placement, from the... More

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