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RUMELI FORTRESS

Situated on the narrowest point of the Bosphorus strait, with the aim of closing off aid to the flailing Byzantines, this was built by Sultan Mehmet II prior to the conquest of Istanbul...

RUMELI FORTRESS

Built in 1452 by Sultan Mehmet II prior to the conquest of Istanbul, his aim was to block any possible sea support which might have come from the Black Sea to assist the flailing Byzantines. Therefore, it was to be situated on the narrowest point of the Bosphorus strait, facing another smaller fortress already erected on the Asian side. The construction work finished after 4 months and 19 days. Now it serves as a museum, displaying the canons that were used during the conquest. There is also an outdoor mini-amphitheater used during the various music festivals in Istanbul.


 

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