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Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul

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History Museum
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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  • If you are in Istanbul, you should not miss the chance to observe the Asian and European sides so closely. The sea, the ships, the bridges... You should have your cameras with you to take beautiful ph...  more »
  • Enereing this place I felt hey what a fort it is so big and lasted such a long time but how difficult would it be to make it in older times when there were no machines. There is a ticked which one can...  more »
  • Great fortified fortress facing Bosphour seaside. Cross the roads, few steps up and you are there. Entrance ticket is 10 lira. The lady told you see only the garden because towers are closed. Many sta...  more »