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rumeli hisarı, rumelihisar, museum, istanbul

Located within borders of Sarıyer district and gave its name to the location, covering 30.000 m² areas. There is a monument-art built in the narrowest part and flowing section of the Istanbul Bosphorus just opposite Anadoluhisarı. Although it is known that the region was called “Hermaion” in ancient ages, historian Dukas does not mention this and indicates the location of the castle hill side of mountain known as Fonea down “Sostenion” (İstinye).

The names of Rumelihisar are: Kulle-i Cedide in Fatih Charities; Yenice Hisar in Neşri period history; Boğazkesen Castle in Kemalpaşazade, Aşıkpşazade and Nişancı histories. Although Dukas confused the names and used as Kefalokoptis, no one else except him used this name.

The building was considerably damaged from 1509 earthquake but repaired promptly. It is known that it was also repaired during Selim 3 (1789-1807). But essential repair was made by architect Mrs Cahide Tamer, Mrs. Selma Emler and Mrs. Mualla Arhegger-Eyüboğlu upon directive of President Mr. Celal Bayar in 1953.

Open exhibitions are held in the museum, but there are no exhibition halls or storehouses. Artilleries and chains claimed to be used in blocking of Haliç (Golden Horn) are exhibited in the garden.


Yahya Kemal cad. No: 42 80830 Rumelihisarı-Istanbul


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