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“Enjoy having this awesome old fortress to yourself!”

Yedikule (Castle of the Seven Towers)
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This fortress of walls helped to protect the city but its towers were also used to house prisoners as well as the state's treasury.
Reviewed August 2, 2011

We decided to hit this fortress on our last day and were so glad we made the effort. It's awesome for exploring and climbing around-- we spent 45 minutes to an hour wandering about nearly alone. Entry is 3 TL. We actually went to Chora Church first (also in the outskirts) and ended up taking a 12TL cab to Yedikule-- pretty awesome drive because you are along the Constantinople old city walls the whole drive (fyi, we could not find public transit from Chora to Yedikule). The train station about 1/2km from Yedikule got us back to Sultanahmet quickly (ask for directions from the ticket guy).

5  Thank misswhitneypaige
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

You've got dungeons with big scary chains, dimly-lit stairways that wind their way up the towers, spectacular views from the top and the opportunity to feel like Indiana Jones on adventure in Istanbul. One group was leaving as I arrived and no one else came in the hour I spent scampering about the turrets. No hand-rails so hold your heart if you're not height inclined. One of my favorite sites and easy to get to from train station.

3  Thank JenVH
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Reviewed November 16, 2010

we saw this on a backpackers half day tour. It is an impreesive place but there is no information on site, A bulb had gone leaving one area very dark and it is definately not fully maintained so there are trip hazards.
Having said that we found it an interesting stop.;the walls are incredible andwell preserved,a sultan was killed there and political prisoners also died thereand after the grim bit you climb up to the battlements for a view.

Thank persistent
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Reviewed September 7, 2010

Good view of the city but we really liked it for its rustic feel and the towers were incredible. The scaffolding you walk on high above the dungeon floor will take your breath away. It was one of the only places we felt we were out of the tourists stream. We ate lunch at a little kabob shop right around the corner. This was not on the top of our list of places to visit but it proved to be a hidden treasure!

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Reviewed June 15, 2010

There really isn't much to see. The Yedikule is a fortress built on the Byzantine land wall by the Mehemed II ("the Conqueror") after the city fell to the Ottomans in 1453. It is comprised of open space and a number of towers. It is interesting from the standpoint of Ottoman military archetecture. Also, incorporated into the Ydikule is the "Golden Gate"-- a Roman/Byzantine structure through which the emperor would enter the city in triumph upon returning from a campaign (also, the mythical burrial place of the last Byzantine Emperor said to be interred beneath the gate waiting for the city to be delivered from the Turks). Anyway, if you've an interest in Byzantine and Ottoman history and in the amazing land walls that protected Constantinople for over a thousand years, it is worth a visit.

2  Thank DCroamer
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