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Rumeli Fortress

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Address: Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 263 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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A beautiful place to visit on a sunny day

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Tampere, Finland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Thank PaKn
Bodrum Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

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Kempsey, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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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Daejeon, South Korea
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

You can visit the gardens but can't go up on the walls due to renovations. According to the security guy, it could take years. Nice from the outside but if you're coming to climb the walls (like I was), best to give it a pass.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Great place to go and see and imagine everything that took place there but this is where it ends as you pay to just walk around the outside of the ruins for 20 minutes. We would have appreciated more information about everything, some toilets and a cafe or drinks machine as you have to walk up quite steep hills so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 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.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

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 25 September 2016

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.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 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.

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Alkharj
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 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.

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