Yedikule Fortress

About Yedikule Fortress

The Yedikule Fortress is located in the Yedikule neighborhood of Istanbul. It is a Byzantine fortress that was built in the 5th century. The fortress was originally built by the Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II. It was rebuilt and expanded by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century. The fortress was used to defend Constantinople from attack. It was also used as a prison. The fortress is now a museum. It is open to the public from 9am to 5pm.

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Some tips for visiting Istanbul's Yedikule Fortress include wearing comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and bringing water and snacks. Visitors should also be aware that the fortress can be quite crowded during peak tourist season.

How to Reach

Istanbul is easily accessible by air, rail, road and sea. Istanbul's Ataturk Airport is one of the busiest airports in Europe, serving over 60 million passengers a year. There are several train stations in Istanbul, the most important being Sirkeci Station which is on the European side and Haydarpasa Station on the Asian side. Istanbul is connected to the rest of Europe by a network of highways and there are several ferry terminals that serve the city.

Famous Prisoners at the Yedikule Fortress

Süleyman the Magnificent, the Ottoman sultan from 1520 to 1566, was imprisoned at the Yedikule Fortress in 1553.

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