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Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul

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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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  • Pererezajushhaja throat-so you can translate from Turkish name of this fortress. The Ottoman Turks systematically fought with Byzantium for dominance in the Black Sea and control over the Bosphorus. In the 14 century, they captured the old Genoese fortress Joros which was located on the dominant height at the confluence of the Bosporus and the Black Sea in the area of today's village of Anadolu Kavagy. In the mid-15 century, when Sultan Mehmed Fatih moved their troops to Constantinople, on the site of the old Byzantine fortress, located in the narrowest part of the Bosphorus, the Turks just 4 months built this so that, when the siege of Constantinople to cut off the city from The Black Sea. In hostilities fortress played no part. After the capture of Constantinople in 1452, she served as the Turks customs checkpoint. At the beginning of the 16th century the fortress was heavily destroyed by the earthquake. Already in our time has been restored and is a Museum of artillery. Get here on a boat from Eminönü Jetty. Beautiful views of the fortress are opened it is with water.
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  • Stunning view of Bosphorus with many vessels passing by. Although it is forbidden to climb the towers, it is still worthy to explore the park. Sitting down in a bench, enjoying the panoramic view with...  more »
  • At the closest point of the Bosphorus is the Rumeli fortress, built in 1452 by Mehmed II. If you cruise the Bosphorus will admire, drive is a little far to visit.
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