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Turkey Travel Portrait: The Rumeli Fortress

The enormous Rumeli Fortress, located in Istanbul along the Bospherus, was constructed under the order of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 to prevent ships and aid from reaching Byzantine.

 

The structure took nearly 1,000 masons and 2,000 workers four months to build.

 

Today, like many structures in Turkey, the historic building is used for modern purposes; the fortress often hosts spring and summer concerts in an amphitheater setting.

 

Flickr:  Archer10 (Dennis)

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