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Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul

#7 of 103 in Museums in Istanbul
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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  • This site is definitely worth visiting! Located right on the water with views of Faith Sultan Mehmet Köprüsü bridge, this fortress stands out amongst the surrounding modern architecture. We spent...  more »
  • I visited in October during the pandemic so I did anticipate some would be closed off, it was and I still felt it was a place well Worthy of a visit. There is quiet a lot of walking involved here...  more »
  • This is something different to see when in Istanbul. The fortress sits on a hill and it's walls of are pretty well maintained and when you walked up to the top, there are great views of the sea...  more »
  • Stunning sights, and a very nice place to walk. Situated in a nice neighbourhood on the Bosphorus, with tons of nice restaurants and shops. Also there are quite a few ferries to take to and from the location so driving is not a must. I enjoyed a lovely evening there, and I would highly recommend this place day or night.
  • I Love this place , l feel that l belong to that LAND ... WALS , TREES , ROCKS, and all what you see can talk about history's greatest challenge,,, Don't miss the chance to see this place 🇹🇷♥️
  • More Calmer Place near the Restaurants. Near "Teachers House" our favorite Spot.
  • There are small coffees, where you can enjoy a cup of hot beverage or refresh yourself with a cold one near the Goksu River with a view and a peaceful mind.
  • Build on the era of Ottoman Castle, I recommend to visit this castle during your trip to Istanbul

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