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Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul
(4.4/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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. By using our Istanbul vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Rumeli Fortress and other attractions in Istanbul.
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  • 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 ar...  more »
  • Fortress is a small, but very cosy and well preserved. It offers good views of the Bosphorus and the 2-nd Bosphorus Bridge.
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  • I loved the Rumelia fortress, it is not promoted tourism and well worth knowing it although it is not easy to reach, was a nice surprise to discover it.
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  • The Rumeli fortress is an awesome spectacle. Built in only 4 months, it is located in a beautiful bend in the Bosphorus straight and has amazing views. Right after entering the main gates, before even getting to the ticket office we were barked at by a security guard that the towers and bastions are closed for visitors and we could only see the gardens, which caused a lot of confusion (these guards are the reason for 4 stars), because nowhere is it described which part is the gardens and what we can't actually do before entering. To be clear - other guards were nice, explained things, and you can most definitely still get up high and see nice views without climbing forbidden places.
  • The most magnificent Ottoman era's building in Tirkey. It has a breathtaking view to the Bogaz river and the old Turkey. A MUST SEE.
  • Amazing place to spend time if weather is nice. Avoid if its weekend. Too crowded.
  • 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.
  • Amazing castle by the bosporus , showing the greatness of Mehmet Alfatih era