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Rumeli Fortress

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Address: Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 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 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank KarolaRS
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.

Thank kdgarlipp
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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 

Thank LonelyWanderer2016
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 

Thank Olivier D
Istanbul, Turkey
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2 of 5 bubbles 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

Thank احسن ج
Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank phil g
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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