Rumeli Hisarı

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Rumeli Hisarı information

Location
The Bosphorus Strait , Turkey
Address
Yahya Kemal Caddesi 42
Telephone
+90 212 263 5305
Getting there
Bus: Rumeli Hisarı
Prices
admission TL10
Opening hours
9am-noon & 12.30-4.30pm Thu-Tue
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Just before the Fatih Bridge are the majestic structures of Rumeli Hisarı and Anadolu Hisarı (Fortress of Anatolia). Mehmet the Conqueror had Rumeli Hisarı built in a mere four months in 1452, in preparation for his siege of Byzantine Constantinople. For its location, he chose the narrowest point of the Bosphorus, opposite Anadolu Hisarı, which Sultan Beyazıt I had built in 1391. By doing so, Mehmet was able to control all traffic on the strait, cutting the city off from resupply by sea.