Fortress of Seven Towers
Fortress of Seven Towers Istanbul Reviews
Yedikule Hisari Jan 11, 2010
The Fortress of Seven Towers (Yedikule Hisari) is notorious throughout history as a place of torture, confinement and execution, much like the Tower of London in the UK. Out of favour diplomats and disliked family members of the Sultan were incarcerated here, often with grizzly results.
The high battlements give fantastic views of the city walls and modern harbour. It also becomes apparent just how massive medieval Constantinople actually was. The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia can be seen far off in the distance.
This is a lesser known 'castle' in Turkey, and rarely visited by Western tourists. Its historic nature warrants a visit, and it is an excellent starting point for exploring the city walls of Istanbul.
The fortress can easily be reached by taking a train from Cankurtaran station (near the Topkapi Palace entrance) to Yedikule station. The fortress is a short walk from here. It is best to visit the fortress in the afternoon, when the sun has passed into the west and the walls are now illuminated instead of being in shadow
Part of the Istanbul: The Siege of 1453 and Constantinople's Fall travel blog
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