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Rumeli Fortess Castle Istanbul

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Rumeli Fortress

The castle was been built on a slope with one of the large towers, the Halil Pasa, close to the shoreline and the other two built up on the hillside.  Set inside the strong walls were a further 13 smaller towers that enclosed an area of over 31,000 square metres.  It has had many different names over the years that include Kulle-i Cedide (New Castle), Yenice Hisarı (Quite New Castle) and Bogazkesen Kalesi (Bosphorus Dividing Castle).  

The Mosque

There was once a mosque inside the walls, built by Sultan Mehmed, which has since disappeared although there is a small part of the minaret still visible.  The castle was built for the purpose of using cannons and was the first of its kind in Europe and like many other structures in Turkey the walls were built using materials from much older buildings.  

The Fountain

There is a 15th century fountain set inside the sea-facing wall and is only one of two to have survived in the city.  

Visiting the Castle

It is possible to walk along some sections of the walls although there are no safety rails anywhere and the castle is not open to the public on Wednesdays.

Location

Rumeli Fortress Castle is located in Sariyer .

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