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Rumeli Fortress

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Address: Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 263 5305
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Description: This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to protect...
This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to protect the narrow waterway from advancing ships.
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Getting there can be a bit tricky and requires a little effort and even on reaching there is a whole lot of process of climbing and walking to explore and see everything that the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Kajang, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We saw the fortress while on a cruise and decided to pay it a visit. To get there, one can ride the tram to its final stop, Kabatas. Then hop on a number 22 or 25E bus and you can pay the bus fare using your Istanbul card. There was a 10TL entrance fee and the security guards were quick... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The fortress is really worth it, if you're in search of a piece of history or a spectacular view over the Bosphorus. But if you come on windy/rainy days, most probably they will only allow you to visit the inside yard and gardens, which are ok, but not spectacular. Also constructions/ renewal are in place. Climbing the exterior walls and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Getting there can be a bit tricky and requires a little effort and even on reaching there is a whole lot of process of climbing and walking to explore and see everything that the fortress has to offer. Even so this is one place that has a lot of history behind it and even things to see and that is... More 

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Enjoyed the place a lot. Once walking within the fortress, one can imagine the efforts brought together to build that within the 15th century, as well as about the ultimate goal the fortress has been built for. A must visit place. Unfortunately, currently it is prohibited to go up to the walls, but still, there is a very specific aura... More 

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citizen of the world
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

A visit to this beautiful medieval fortress on the Bosphorus was worth the hour-plus tram and bus ride up the waterfront from Sultanahmet through a lot of traffic. Not very crowded with spectacular views, and lots of cafes and restaurants below to choose from afterwards. Recommended.

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Bucharest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It is impressive to visit Rumeli Hisari - such a large fortress built at 1452 in only 4 months. Easy to reach (with the bus 25E from Kabatasi), you reach there after a short walk near Bosphorus and you also enjoy a wonderful view of surroundings on both European and Asian shores.

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Malmo, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I only saw this fortress from the cruise but it was still wonderful. It was small but charming. I don't think it's worth to take the bus to go there since I have seen and climbed many bigger fortresses.

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lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Amazing fortress, historical symbol of Istanbul, with an amazing location, especially if one will climb the top of the fortress, Facing the Bosphorus Bridge, the fortress is a typical place to touch history and to relax.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The castle is great and the views are just magnificent. Nevertheless, after the last year accident when a visitor fell off the walls it is prohibited to climb up the stairs. For the same admission fee (10 TL) you will be granted access to the garden only. There are a lot of guardians to watch you, so it would be... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

First things first, you'll likely spot this marvelous fortress on one of your ferry tours up the Bosporus and it will, as likely, catch your eye and heart! So, don't just settle for that! Treading the grounds, climbing up the walls and down into the wells, exploring the breathtaking views over the Bosporus and the Asian Istanbul coast and finally... More 

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