Rumeli Hisarı Fortress

It is an absolute place to visit. Surrounded by Black Sea and close to the very chic and cute places. So it’s worth for taking some during your vacation. Rumeli hisari fortress was built by Fatih Sultan Mehmed between 1452-1453 in preparation for his conquer of Constantinople. It is located at the Sarıyer district of Istanbul and was settled on a hill at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus Strait.

Four months before conquer of Constantinople, ottomans prepared for their last attack in the fortress. It is about to 600 meters – 1970 feet and occupies an area of 60.000 m2. Fortress contains 4 main gate and 3 large tower also you can see a small mosque inside. Rumeli Hisarı suffered from earthquakes, its final restoration was done in 1953. Today, the fortress is open to the public as a museum. During the summer season, its amphitheatre hosts many concerts and theatre performances. It has an amazing vibe because of its history and architecture.

By running a heavy chain between Rumeli Hisarı and its Asian counterpart, the Analodu Hisarı, the Ottomans were able to prevent any of Constantinople’s northern allies from sending assistance to the beleaguered city. The fortress was completed in 1452, and a weakened Constantinople fell just one year later. A section of the original chain which helped break Byantium can be seen in the Military Museum.

We had already walked past the Analodu Hisarı on our way to Kanlıca, and hadn’t been terribly impressed by its meager remains. But the Rumeli Hisarı is another matter altogether. This fortress is massive, and a lot of fun explore. From the ramparts which soar high above the Bosphorus, you can enjoy some incredible views, especially of the nearby Fatih Bridge.