"A fortress for conquerors, a hideaway for lovers" Rumeli Fortress- Rumeli Hisari Tip by Tijavi
Rumeli Fortress- Rumeli Hisari, Istanbul: 20 reviews and 36 photos
Rumeli Hisari (Fortress of Europe), a massive fortress built in record 120 days by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 as part of his strategy to conquer Byzantine Constantinople, is perhaps one of the best places to enjoy the Bosphorus. The towers and walls offer some of the most strategic location to take snaps of the Bosphorus, admire the equally magnificent Fathi Bridge, cleanse your lungs, or simply soak in the city's beauty. Be careful, though, when going through the steps, most of which don't have safety railings.
Actually, there are two fortresses, one on each side of the Bosphorus. On the Asian side is Andolu Hisari (the Fortress of Asia), which was built earlier in 1391 by Sultan Beyazit I. The two fortresses have been strategically built on the narrowest point of the Bosphorus, but I doubt if the two conquerors have envisioned the fortress' hidden nooks becoming favorite dating places for lovers.
Admission fee as of June 2006: YTL 2.50.
Address: Yahya Kemal Caddesi
Directions: My visit was part of a day-long walk from Dolmabahce Palace to Ortakoy and finally to Rumeli Hisari, following the road that traces the Bospohorus coastline on the European side.
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