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Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul

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#8 of 99 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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  • Visited the Rumeli Fort during a bosphorus cruise in Istanbul. It was a relatively windy day with a bit drizzling. Even then the hike up the fort was a nice warm up. The hike up was pretty easy. There...  more »
  • The fortress of Roumelihisar was built in 4 months, which is even more striking, examining it from the inside and personally feeling the whole scale of construction. Views of the Bosphorus from the fortress open chic. It is worth considering that at the time of the visit the only toilet in the fortress did not work!
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