"Rumeli Fortress, a genuine castle" Turkey Off The Beaten Path Tip by iandsmith

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  A commanding position
by iandsmith

Rumeli Fortress ((Rumeli Hisar) - 1452
Whilst on a dodgy ferry trip on the Bosphorus the captain dropped us off for an hour. Thirteen people went and ate, I went to Rumeli.
This is a World Heritage site and rightly so. Set in a picturesque location this extraordinary fort was built in an amazing four months under the command of Sultan Mehmet II (Fatih) using Muslihuddinaga (don't try to pronounce that quickly!) as the architect.
It has 15 towers with Saruca Pasa Tower being 28 metres high and having seven floors while Candarli Halil Pasa has a cellar and basement and is 33 metres high, 22 metres wide.
The 5 to 15 metre high walls enclose a cistern, mosque and amphitheatre (still used today).
This fortress and the one on the other side allowed the Sultan to blockade Constantinople and take it back from the Holy Roman Empire.

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  • Updated Nov 26, 2004
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