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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. By using our Istanbul vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Rumeli Fortress and other attractions in Istanbul.
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  • This is the place in the Bosphorus cruises through. Is the old fortress is building a kind of great wall of China. I think it is the mainstream view on the Bosphorus cruises to visit actually quite away from the Centre of Istanbul.
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  • The strait is like the closest point between the European and the Asian continents. It is like a dream and the fortress is just amazing. The view was just all so breathtaking. So green and clean. 
  • A place that talks about the history of Istanbul. A green and relaxing place to enjoy a nice view over the city.
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  • One of the best historical monuments to see in Istanbul, medieval turkish fortress with huge 20-30 m towers, on the hill slope with nice view on Bosphorus and the nearby bridge. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to climb on the walls and on the top of the towers, but the ground elevation in the fortress ollowed us a nice view also.
  • The Rumeli Hisarı is the fortress on European side of Istanbul and located just north of the European Bosphorus. Must be very careful when go to upstairs. The best way to see this fortress might be see on a Bosphorus cruise if you have no time or you don't want to go up.
  • Incredible that this fortress is still standing. It's nearly 600 years old and was built to aid in the conquering of Constantinople and the end of the Roman Empire. History buffs should definitely check this out.
  • Ancient embattlements lining the Bosphorus. A stunning sight to behold.
  • An old monument in istanbul european side. It was used as lighthouse. There exits nice coffee houses, restaurants around that serve breakfast. Attention!! The traffic at the weekends horrible.
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