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Rumeli Fortress

Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
(0212) 263 5305
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Ranked #14 of 641 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

I love Rumeli's Fortress and have been there five times!! I've led groups of students on four of these visits, and students love climbing on the walls throughout the fortress. Let your inner child take over as you climb steep stairs to get to the top of ancient walls. But beware if you're afraid of heights, there are no guardrails... More

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to explore. If you have the nerve to climb the stairs (no rails), the views are spectacular. It can get very hot, so stay hydrated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Generally, I respect attractions, which you can not only watch but also to touch, so to speak. Especially if this landmark fortress or castle, and you can climb on them (almost) without any restrictions. Rumeli Hisarı belongs to this class, no doubt. Cheap ticket (only TL10), a small number of people (if you visit in the morning), and almost complete... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Many of the boat tours pass by the fortress but take the time to get out there. Take the Red Tram all the way to the end at Kabatac. Here you have a choice (taxi 40L or bus). We took the taxi first and on the way back grabbed a bus. Stop at the small cafe at the entrance and... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

view is perfect.. you can take a photo on the top.. feel like a bird.. bosphorus is really magical, is like dream

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We only saw the Fortress from the water.we were on a Bos Cruise when I turned and saw the Fortress right in front of me.....its so big on the side of a big hill.........beautiful !!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

this visit is really nice, you can smell the Bosphorus , the view is incredible, i really love the place, BUT be careful, the trip on the wall is a must but no security, be careful if you are afraid by altitude or no kids without parents!! really it is not a joke , nice but dangerous. In any case... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We only saw the fortress from a cruise on the bosphorus and it was gorgeous. Can't imagine how beautiful it must be from within the walls of the fortress!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It was so much fun to visit this fortress. First we had a nice, relaxing Turkish breakfast overlooking Bosphorus Strait right next to Rumeli Fortress. Then we climbed all over the fortress which we really enjoyed. It is hard to believe this fortress was built in 4 months. Wonderful views from the fortress. Great with kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Rumeli Fortress takes a little longer to get to (easy with a taxi), but it is well worth the trip. It is one of the cheapest places to see (only 4 or 5 TL) in Istanbul and I have gone back numerous times when friends or family have visited my wife and I in Istanbul. I have gone after it... More

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