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Rumeli Fortress

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Address: Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
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+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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Very thick walls

Great fortified fortress facing Bosphour seaside. Cross the roads, few steps up and you are there. Entrance ticket is 10 lira. The lady told you see only the garden because towers... read more

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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great fortified fortress facing Bosphour seaside. Cross the roads, few steps up and you are there. Entrance ticket is 10 lira. The lady told you see only the garden because towers are closed. Many stairs with cautious slippery signs, and as you go higher, you can have greater view to the bridge, sea, road and to the castle itself. Had... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This citadel built by Mohammad al Fatih who conquered Istanbul at 1432.Al Fatih controlled the bosphorus by this cital and other one on the other edge of bosphurus.the Towers was close for renovations when we visited but still worth it.Beautiful views for the castle and Fatih bridge next to it and the ships that pass through the canal.Entrance fee was... More 

Thank Ramidaher
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Seems very quiet, with boarded up tourist booths. Covered by the museum pass. The interior is a little overgrown but looks quite striking against the walls and towers (which they constantly remind you not to climb or go inside). You will get great views over the Bosphorus at some points.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Looked most fascinating when we passed by it on a Bosphorus Boat Trip. Should go and visit it inside when we next go to Istanbul

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Chengdu, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,199 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

This fortress is included on the Istanbul Museum Pass, so we traipsed out to this far-flung part of Istanbul to see it. Overall, it turned out to be a worthwhile day trip though you are unfortunately limited to the garden inside the fortress now and can no longer scale the walls. Hopefully the walls will be restored and stabilised in... More 

Thank Raymond W
Leeds, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Excellent monument on the Bosporus ,built 600 years ago ,fine restaurants nearby and usually favoured as an anchor point

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

We spent a great afternoon walking around this old fortress - though the battlements and bastions are closed to the public. The views from the highest accessible points looking out to the Bosphorus are spectacular. Once inside, you truly get a sense of the scale and the strength of the structure and what an engineering feat it must have been... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

This place could do much better with some investment, when you consider, that this fortress is already remote and difficult to access for tourists. There was no indoor-museum to display artifacts. The signs were very infrequent and not very informative. So it was a bit of a disappointment. On the positive side: The views are stunning and the building complex... More 

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Bodrum Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

We found the site just the right size to spend an interesting afternoon. The sunshine helps of course and I dare say we wouldn't have spent so much time there had it not been a sunny day. The views are outstanding. I did need my guide book to understand the site.

Thank EJCBodrum
Kempsey, Australia
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

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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