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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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A great scenic fortress by the Bosphorus

It a great fortress overlooking the Bosphorus. Great from the outside but nothing much inside, just a normal fort. It is part of the museum pass, so can use it if you have spare... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It a great fortress overlooking the Bosphorus. Great from the outside but nothing much inside, just a normal fort. It is part of the museum pass, so can use it if you have spare time. Poshy restaurants around.

Thank aizatshukor
Jakarta, Indonesia
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not only the history but also the beauty for modern Istanbul, passing through Bosphorus to take a picture from the sea is the simple thing to have great of Istanbul

Thank IwanMadany
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit if you like history! We couldnt go upstairs but still view was amazing. If you go with boat then its 2min from docking station, if you go with public transportation then its 20-30min from metro on foot.

Thank Filip M
Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Climbing all over this fortress was definitely a highlight for my boys! They were 15 and 17, so they knew to be careful because there are not all the ropes, barricades, and warning signs they are used to seeing...which made this so fabulous. They loved the cannons, climbing the many steps to the lookouts, and the view of the Bosphorus... More 

Thank momsuptoolate
Kostroma, Russia
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58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Not easy to get there. It's better to use taxi. The tickets are not expensive. Not crowded and very interesting. Becides there are lots of nice views to Bosphorus

1 Thank IrenKa44
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163 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Of all the old castles and fortresses across the world this fortress really unhinged me. I felt so incredibly shaken and sad for any inmates. It had echoes of the movies Midnight Express and the Three Feathers. And to think it was in operation not that long ago. Poor people. So much of it is closed and in ruins. They... More 

1 Thank Deborah D
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Good views from the river boat up the river. Was unable to go on to the grounds at that time. River view very good tho

Thank AdventureMax
Bucharest, Romania
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Rumeli saray (fortress)is situated at the narrowest point with 660 meters of the Bosphorus strait. We never knew about it, but while going on the Bosforus in a boat trip , the guide explained to us about it, we wanted to visit it .The fortress (the guide said) occupies an area of 60.000 m2 (16 acres), had 4 main and... More 

3 Thank kameliaflorescu
Mugla, Turkey
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Completed in just a few months this castle was instrumental in the downfall of Constantinople in 1453. It later became a prison and is now a deserted tourist attraction which offers an escape from the citys bustling traffic., over looking the Bosporos

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We visited the Rumeli Fortress (or the Fortress of Europe) by ferry. We had already, as part of our visit, done battle with the traffic in a taxi and didn’t want a repeat of that experience, so we chose to visit the fortress by ferry. In this way we got to see Istanbul from the water and reach this fabulous... More 

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