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Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul

#7 of 102 in Museums in Istanbul
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Explore the ramparts of Rumeli Fortress, which the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II built in the 15th century before he conquered Constantinople. The complex features three main towers named after Mehmed II's viziers, one small tower, and 13 small watchtowers on the walls connecting the towers. The cylindrical main north tower stands 28 m (92 ft) high with nine storeys. Look for a water fountain and the remains of the minaret of a small mosque, which used to serve the garrison. Today the fortress houses a museum and an open-air theater. The ramparts atop the walls provide panoramic views of the Bosporus and the "second" bridge. Be aware that picnicking and smoking are prohibited here. Plan to see Rumeli Fortress and other attractions that appeal to you using our Istanbul online holiday planner.
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  • It's really worth it to visit this terrific fortess with exceptional view of the strait. You've gotta feel the fantastic historical vibes here.  more »
  • From bosphorus cruise this castle looks amazing at night. I highly recommend anyone to try the cruise on sunset and pass by this castle on the boat  more »
  • Stunning sights, and a very nice place to walk. Situated in a nice neighbourhood on the Bosphorus, with tons of nice restaurants and shops. Also there are quite a few ferries to take to and from the location so driving is not a must. I enjoyed a lovely evening there, and I would highly recommend this place day or night.
  • I Love this place , l feel that l belong to that LAND ... WALS , TREES , ROCKS, and all what you see can talk about history's greatest challenge,,, Don't miss the chance to see this place 🇹🇷♥️

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