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“Hard to get there; well worth it”
Review of Rumeli Fortress

Rumeli Fortress
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Owner description: This three-towered fortress was built in 1452 on the Bosphorus to protect the narrow waterway from advancing ships.
Reviewed 6 August 2014

My partner insisted on visiting this fort, as he'd been reading about the Crusades; I went along reluctantly at first, and enjoyed our visit far more than I expected. There are many steps - some quite steep and precarious for those with poor balance. I found a way to climb them all, and was rewarded with many beautiful views of the Bosphorous and the fort itself. I believe we walked every path and wall, peered in every nook and cranny. It's a bit of a trip to get there (tram and bus and walk); quite worth it!

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

If you have time for a boat tour or want to get away from central Istanbul, go here. Rumeli Fortress is a fascinating piece of Ottoman history that is on par with many ruins elsewhere in the world. Re-built by the Ottomans to help close off the Bosphorous during the siege of Constantinople, this fortress is impressive and massive. Towers and parapets rise high above the Bosphorous providing a stunning view of Asiatic Istanbul.

If you're a fan of untouched history, nothing seems added to the fortress, be it safety rails or newer stones. There's some signage at the beginning to provide some context to the area, but you can easily get lost wandering these walls (in a good way). If you are on a tour, bribe or beg your guide to give you extra time at this site. We would easily state that it was our highlight in Istanbul.

3  Thank NorthernWanderlust
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

The Rumeli fortress ( Rumeli Hisari) is one of the places that are recommended to visit while you are in Isatnbul. You can reach there by bus directly from Taxim square or from Kabatash. Both are in the beyouglu area in the European side of the city. The admission fee is 10 TL/person. The remaining of the fortress consist of two towers overlooking the Bosphorus. You need to be ready to climb so many stairs that are part of the massive walls of the fortress. As such you need to be in good physical condition. When you reach the top spots of the fortress, you will be impressed by the stunning view of the Bosphorus and the Asian side of the city. The fortress is a place where you can take amazing pictures especially if you have a good camera. After you finish your tour in the fortress which should not take more than one hour to one hour and a half, take a walk by the Bosphorus and there is number of nice cafés and restaurants where you can get a drink or a meal. There is a bus stop just few meters away from the fortress main entrance where you can take a bus back to Taxim, Kabatash, or Eminouno. These are the main transportation hubs in Istanbul.

3  Thank Khaled A
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Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

I have travelled with my 70 year old father and were worried about him as the steps can be steep and not very safe.Loved the view, history behind it and the fact not many tourists were there!

1  Thank Tanaka G
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

wow this is an amazingly huge place, but be careful as the stairs are narrow and no barriers. We got on a tram then the number 25A bus getting off near the 3rd bridge, entry is 10 lira or can use museum card for free entry. the view from the walls, if game enough to climb stairs, are breath taking. Make sure you take a couple of bottles of water each, you will need them. The Fortress looks stunning at night especially from the water. The fortress was built in 4 months in 1452 and I have no idea how this was achieved and is situated at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus. Directly opposite in the Fortress of Antatolia controlling this area well

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