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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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For when you've had enough of pretty churches and mosques...

I have seen most of the sites in Istanbul, and I asked some Turkish friends where to go this last day. They pointed the way to this jewel. It doesn't seem like tourists know much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the Rumeli Fortress as part of a northern day trip from Istanbul to take in many of the sights. Unfortunately, at various stages of the day it rained. As a consequence a number of the open walking areas were closed due to the 'fall" risk and there was very little left to see. Of the remaining areas they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I have seen most of the sites in Istanbul, and I asked some Turkish friends where to go this last day. They pointed the way to this jewel. It doesn't seem like tourists know much about it, because almost all the other people there were Turkish. This is a military fort, with thick walls and plenty of old cannon and... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Rumeli Hisari, also known as the "Fortress of Europe" is not only historic and interesting, but it is one of the best picture taking settings in Istanbul. Sitting on the European side, almost in the shadow of the second Bosphorus bridge, this 13th century fortress can be visited in less than an hour but will provide a dramatic background to... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We visited the Rumeli Fortress as part of our Borsphorus cruise, so we arrived by water. It was interesting and our guide explained the history behind the fortress and it's twin on the other side of the Bosphorus strait. Worth visiting if you have the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If you like history and amazing views this is the place to go. However, it is a little bit far but the area around Rumeli is very nice to take pictures and easy to access by public transport. The Rumeli Fortress has amazing views and it takes you back to centuries go. Do explore everything and be prepared to walk... More 

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I've visited Istanbul at least 5 times and each time I wanted to visit Rumeli Fortress but because there is so much to do and see in Istanbul I did not get a chance to see it. In addition to this I was reading some of the reviews and they discouraged me a bit but this time I decided to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Sultan Mehmed (the Conqueror) ordered this fortress along the Bosphorus to be built in order to blockade arms, men, and supply reinforcements from the Black Sea when Mehmed later sought to take Constantinople. I recommend arriving via boat as that is how most would have seen it during Mehmed's time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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