Rumeli Hisarı (Rumeli Fortress)

Located in Sariyer, in the district to which it gives its name, the Rumeli Hisarı (English: Rumeli Fortress) was constructed directly across from the Anadolu Hisarı (the Anatolian Fortress).

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Address

Yahya Kemal Caddesi No:42 Rumelihisarı Sarıyer/ İstanbul

Visiting Hours

09:00 – 18:00
Closed On Wednesday

Phone (212) 263 53 05

Located in Sariyer,  Rumeli Hisarı (English: Rumeli Fortress) was constructed directly across from the Anadolu Hisarı (the Anatolian Fortress). Construction began in 1453 at the order of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror placing the fortress at the narrowest point of the Bosphorous. The construction was completed in the short span of three months. Before the conquest of Istanbul it was used to protect against naval attacks. After the conquest it was used to as an inspection point for maritime traffic on the Bosphorous.

Over the centuries, the area inside the fortress filled with small wooden houses but in the course of restoration work in 1953 these houses were removed. After its restoration, the fortress came to be known for the numerous concerts given here during the summer months, and it now serves as an open air theater and museum.

Taksim: You can use 559C Rumelihisarüstü – Taksim bus service line.

Atatürk Airport: Take the Aksaray – Havaalanı metro line to get Aksaray, then take Zeytinburnu – Kabataş tramline for Kabataş. From there, you can use the 43R Rumelihisarüstü – Kabataş bus line.

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