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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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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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Great architecture

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Muhammad S
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Alkharj
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Alkharj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Thank Muhammad S
Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Well quite disappointed with the place. Apart from view, i didnt like this place at all. No guide and proper information avaiable despite it was one of first fortress by ottomans in Europe. I had muze card so didnt pay for ticket. The place is surrounded by resturants so food lovers can checkout this place. For others avoid it

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Thank احسن ج
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

to stand in the grounds and hear the stories about the part this played in istanbuls history was a highlight of our bosphorous day trip. well worth it.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Sultan Mehmed II's guys built this huge place in only 4 months in 1452 to control the Bosphorus, then they conquered Constantinople in 1453. This fortress has a commanding and gorgeous view of the Bosphorus. There are a ton of stairs, and many of them are tall and steep, so this isn't a good bet for people with mobility issues.... More 

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Was built only in 4 months by Mehmet the Conqueror preparation for the final attack on Constantinople (modern Istanbul), which led to the downfall of the Byzantine Empire. A must see if you into history.The fort is open to the public as a museum everyday, except on Wednesdays.

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Tirana, Albania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Amazing architecture of the old fortress. The view is amazing. It also worth to be see it by the boat.

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Thank Мэги П
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

The day we wanted to visit this place it was closed. So we decided to take a hop-on-hop-off trip with a boat on the Bosphorus. So we kind of saw how it looked like and took some amazing pictures. Such a shame we didn't have time to get lost in the runes.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Most beautiful fortress on the side of the Bosphorus, especially the fauna and flora. Absolutely amazing.

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