Rumelihisarı is a fortress located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul, Turkey, on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople. The three great towers were named after three of Mehmed II's viziers, Sadrazam Çandarlı Halil Pasha, who built the big tower next to the gate, Zağanos Pasha, who built the south tower, and Sarıca Pasha, who built the north tower.
A battalion of 400 Janissaries were stationed in the fortress, and large cannons were placed in the Halil Pasha Tower, the main tower on the waterfront.
A Venetian ship coming from the Black Sea which ignored the order to halt by the commander of the fortress, Firuz Ağa, was bombarded and sunk, and its surviving crewmen were beheaded as a warning to any who might attempt the same. These cannons were later used until the second half of the 19th century to greet the sultan when he passed by sea.
After the fall of Constantinople, the fortress served as a customs checkpoint. Rumelihisarı, which was designated to control the passage of ships through the strait, eventually lost its strategic importance when a second pair of fortresses was built further up the Bosphorus, where the strait meets the Black Sea. In the 17th century, it was used as a prison, primarily for foreign prisoners of war. Rumelihisarı was partly destroyed by an earthquake in 1509, but was repaired soon after. In 1746, a fire destroyed all the wooden parts in two of the main towers. The fortress was repaired by Sultan Selim III (1761–1807). However, a new residential neighborhood was formed inside the fortress after it was abandoned in the 19th century.
The walk to the fortress is beautiful and the view from the top of the hill over Bosphorus is very rewarding.
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pajaran (53022) 2014-05-29 22:40
Interesantan tekst o tvrdjavi sa istorijom i opisom, lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana tvrdjava i most.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepe boje.
An interesting article on the fort with a history and description, a nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, well demonstrated castles and bridges.
Good work, nice captured moment, beautiful colors.
All the best.
emka (80972) 2014-05-29 23:07
Hello Eleni, Nice view of the Rumeli Hisari and the Bosphorus bridge. I do not know it from this perspective. You have found excellent POV. Great colours and shrpness.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jemaflor (86110) 2014-05-29 23:43
Une parfaite composition avec cette tour en point fort de la photo, jolie luminosité et teintes, bon complément avec la vue du pont.
Noel_Byrne (25314) 2014-05-30 0:49
A mighty fortress and I like the view you chose here with the bridge in the background. I read your note I cannot help but think of the amazing history this building has witnessed and how the world around it has changed through the centuries. Imagine how cool it would be to see a speeded up view since its construction of the world changing. The light is beautiful and the colors are really rich and natural.
Have a great Friday.
ikeharel (58941) 2014-05-30 3:00
A well chosen POV, Eleni.
Very fresh green and blue, contrast with the old Rumelihisarı fortress in contrast.
Also, I like the view of the vessel cruising the Bosphoros and added great sense of movement on photo.
Have a nice weekend,
ricardomattos (4661) 2014-05-30 5:18
What a view my friend. Not only the fortress but also of the sea of Bosphorus. How much stories has this fortress and it is very well located. A lovely view!
jhm (140689) 2014-05-30 5:24
We see again the bridge in background but now out of a totally other angle, certainly nice.
The fortress in foreground draws attention.
Technical a very well picture with a nice panorama view about these area.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Royaldevon (30793) 2014-05-30 5:58
This is a strong fortress in reality and strongly placed in your photograph. No wonder it was placed here, just look at that view!
You have timed your shot well so that the ship is nicely positioned past the tower.
You had a great day for the photograph, good light and nicely saturated colours.
Have a great day,
adramad (38918) 2014-05-30 8:59
Una vista conocida, pero no por ello menos hermosa, esplendido POV con el torreon de la fortaleza en primer plano y la amplia vista del Bósforo detras, con el enorme puente al fondo, un precioso dia de cielo azul.
Un perfecto colorido muy natural.
Una imagen muy luminosa y con una óptima nitidez.
Buen trabajo amiga mia. Me encanta.
Disfruta de un buen fin de semana.
lousat (78503) 2014-05-30 11:21
Hi Eleni,a beautiful pic of this Istambul fortress,not often seen on TE despite the importance and the magnificent architechture.Great choice of point of view to show us the spactacular view in background too,and the usual top quality of detail and colors,very interesting note too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
carlo62 (34572) 2014-05-30 13:49
non credo di aver mai visto questa parte di Istanbul, molto interessante dal punto di vista storico e architettonico.
Molto dettagliata la nota, un'ottima condivisione.
Silvio1953 (124729) 2014-05-30 14:14
Ciao Eleni, gran bella vista delle imponenti fortificazioni immerse nel verde, splendida luce, ottima nitidezza e magnifici colori, bravissima, buon week end, un abbraccio Silvio
photoray (12699) 2014-05-30 16:34
Attractive view of the ancient Rumelihisan Fortress still sturdy and long lasting centuries later, rising out of the forest overlooking the Bosphorus. The fine resolution and warm coloring accentuates the textures and details of the architecture.
Another historical masterpiece I would love to visit in person.
Have an excellent weekend,
ourania (32867) 2014-05-31 8:47
πολύ εντυπωσιακή φωτογραφία, μια ασυνήθιστη άποψη του ιστορικού πύργου (διάβαζα προχθές για το ρόλο που έπαιξε στην πολιορκία της Κων/πολης). Η σύνθεσή σου έχει πολύ ευχάριστη ισορροπία, πανοραμική θέα στο βάθος και μια δόση μυστηρίου στπ πρώτο πλάνο. Φωτισμός και χρώματα έχουν αποδοθεί εξαιρετικά. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό Σαββατοκύριακο,
Χαίρομαι πολύ που θα είσαι στο Μουντιάλ, αγαπώ πολύ το ποδόσφαιρο και ίσως σε δω σε κάποια μετάδοση κοντά στην Εθνική, ελπίζω σε πανηγυρισμούς!
nikkitta (14992) 2014-06-01 12:10
Kalispera fili mou Eleni
Veo aca mucha actividad y de todas elijo esta foto hoy por ser una buena composicion y ademas un paisaje no clasico de Estambul
Interesante la fortaleza y y me gusta el puente al fondo, en el que se ve el trafico
Έχετε μια καλή εβδομάδα
Gracias por tus amables y cariñosas notas
mkamionka (30921) 2014-06-02 3:04
great POV, I don't remember seeing anything from this fortress at all in fact I don't recall hearing about this fortress. Great perspective on the Bosphorus indeed with the tower adding a nice point to focus on. Very impressive place, lovely presentation,