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Address: Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 263 5305

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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The strait is like the closest point between the European and the Asian continents. It is like a dream and the fortress is just amazing. The view was just all so breathtaking. So... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 6, 2016
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Kempsey, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated just south of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Rumeli Fortress stands on the European side of the Bosporus. Built in 1452, one year prior to the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, the fortress was built in less than 4 1/2 months. Despite little information available onsite relating to the Fortress and its history and the role it played, it is... More 

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Daejeon, South Korea
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can visit the gardens but can't go up on the walls due to renovations. According to the security guy, it could take years. Nice from the outside but if you're coming to climb the walls (like I was), best to give it a pass.

Thank TimInKorea
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Great place to go and see and imagine everything that took place there but this is where it ends as you pay to just walk around the outside of the ruins for 20 minutes. We would have appreciated more information about everything, some toilets and a cafe or drinks machine as you have to walk up quite steep hills so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

The strait is like the closest point between the European and the Asian continents. It is like a dream and the fortress is just amazing. The view was just all so breathtaking. So green and clean.

Thank BVelazquez
Alice Springs, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

The Rumeli fortress is an imposing structure located in on a hill, at the European side of the Bosphorus. Historically, it was used as a military barracks, then a prison and is now an open air theatre and a museum. There are restoration works being carried out in parts and there are some areas where you are not permitted to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Exceeded my expectations!!! Although tourists aren't allowed to climb up the towers and bastions, the view from castle is still breathtaking. One can relax in the highest terrace of Rumeli Hisari garden where benches are located. The view over Bosphorus is incredibly beautiful.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

The history of the Rumeli fortress with buildings on the asian and earopean sides of the Bosphopus is fascinating, as is the way they stopped ships to tax them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

It is great architecture which used to served as a guarding point at bosphorus preventing invaders to come thru this route. The guide told us that the fort design is such that if one sees from air it appears as the name of our Prophet Muhammad (in arabic). Its top also gives excellent views to bosphorus.

Thank Muhammad S
Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Great views of the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. The inside requires serious uphill walking so not great for the elderly or anyone unsteady on their feet. The ramparts are currently closed until they can be renovated, which seriously diminishes the viewing opportunities, but great shots still exist. There are not any exhibits inside, so it's just viewing the... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing. One of the most beautiful views of the city. Too bad it's only partly accessible because of the restoration works. Anyway, you must see this fortress. Maybe the best way to get there is by car or by taxi. Do not make the mistake I made : I took Metro line 2 then line 6 up... More 

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