RUMELI FORTRESS

Rumeli Fortress
Rumeli Fortress

Once Constantinople and today Istanbul, this city is the only one in the world that lies on two continents. It connects Europe and Asia like a chain and in its uniqueness attracts many tourists.

On the European side, next to the irresistible Bosporus, in a big Istanbul, lies Rumeli Fortress, Castle and the old city built in 1453, during the reign of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. This fortress historically has been a witness to great conquests and the last battle that was a key one towards a truly powerful Ottoman Empire. Rumeli Hisar is exactly opposite the Anatolian Fortress, one the Sultan Bayezit built. Bosporus has always been a very important point where many boats from various countries were passing by, and one who had power over it could manage the entire marine area in the immediate vicinity.

Masonry of Rumeli Castle lasted only four months, since the opposing sides competed who will first finish his fortress. It was built on a hill, so from the top one could see the entire opposing territory. The castle has three main fortresses, a small fortress and thirteen towers, which served as a watchtower. The entrance to the fortress was possible through three main gates, one next to each of the main fortresses. In the inner part there were wooden houses where the soldiers slept, and as a religious support for those who have spent their time in defending the country, there was a small mosque inside. Water was distributed from a large tank. From all the above is not much else left for visitors who want to research.

For a while Rumeli Fortress served as a prison, and since 1960 it is an open air museum. In addition to these beautiful buildings, tourists can enjoy exploring the Anatolian Fortress, which is located right across the Bosporus, they can visit the Maiden's Tower, which is directly on the Bosphorus, or spend the day sightseeing Dolmabahce Palace.