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Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul

4.3
#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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  • The fortress of Rumeli Khysary, having a prominent place in history, is in a rather unsightly present. For me, this attraction has become another symbol of the divorce of tourists for money. A day earlier there was St. Irina's Church, and now this. Now Rumeli Khysary is a rather gloomy and ungroomed place. Of the valuables only guns, exhibited both outside and inside the fortress. The entrance to the fortress wall and towers is swelled. Visiting this place is only appropriate if you have Museum Pass. Otherwise, it's a waste of money.
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  • One of the pleasures of the Bosforas Cruise was to look at The Merlichsar Fortress. I read Shino Nanao's "The Fall of Constantinople", and i decided to go to this fortress and the walls of Theodorous. You can only see it from a distance on a cruise, so if you want to see it nearby, you'll need to take a by land.
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