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Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul

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#7 of 59 in Museums in Istanbul
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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  • One of my friends of Bogazici Univerisity took me to here from her campus (30 min walk, returned by taxi). I had visited Istanbul several times and seen this old castle from Bosphorus, but it was my f...  more »
  • Go to evşiz to arşız to hırşız, but soliciting immigrants to rapists. Only don't go because it's dangerous. I'd say my idea, I'd say this freedom.
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  • It is a fortress that overlook the Bosphorus. You can offer the easy is quite far from Central Istanbul Strait cruise. And is illuminated at night, was beautiful in Orange. It is a feeling that the little great wall of China.
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