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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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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Istanbul, Turkey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Ve'we went there and the top floor was closed. So not so much for the sightseeing. I truly think the historical importance is really great but it was half closed when we went there.

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Waimea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

There are sites that are more visually or architecturally stunning than Rumeli Hisar. However, the fact that Sultan Mehmed had this fortress built in 4 and 1/2 months--incredible even by modern day standards. It was key to conquering Constantinople and establishing the foundation of the Ottoman Empire. Highly recommended.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Great place to climb in on over, (though the guards will whistle you down from some spots) particularly after a delicious breakfast in Bebek

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