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Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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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  • Rumeli Fortress is way off the beaten path. But it isn't too difficult to visit using the T1 Tram line to its terminus at Kabatas. Then a bus ride to the Rumeli Hisari stop puts you there fairly... 
    Rumeli Fortress is way off the beaten path. But it isn't too difficult to visit using the T1 Tram line to its terminus at Kabatas. Then a bus ride to the Rumeli Hisari stop puts you there fairly...  more »
  • Small but the story behind it is big. The castel was built against its asian counterpart anadolu hisar. When you visit and see them both accross each others guarding the Posphorus then you get to... 
    Small but the story behind it is big. The castel was built against its asian counterpart anadolu hisar. When you visit and see them both accross each others guarding the Posphorus then you get to...  more »
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  • The fortress is of historical and strategic importance. Beautiful restoration and conservation. The whole neighborhood has an unique charm. Recommend.
  • Exiting experience to see and take pictures but only from the outside. Would be a better touristic site if it would be possible to go inside. A museum may be added. It can be a new income center for Istanbul municipality.

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