Yedikule Fortress, also known as the Fortress of the Seven Towers, is a historic structure located in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built in 1458 by Sultan Mehmed II, who added three new towers to the existing two towers and two pylons of the Golden Gate, a Roman triumphal arch that was the main entrance to Constantinople. The fortress served as the official treasury of the Ottoman Empire, as well as a state prison and a place of execution for notable captives. Today, it is a museum that displays artifacts from the Ottoman period, such as cannonballs, pottery, and marble capitals.
The ticket price for visiting Yedikule Fortress is 10 Turkish lira for adults and 5 Turkish lira for students.
The Yedikule Fortress is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
To get to Yedikule Fortress, you can take the Marmaray train to Yedikule station, which is about 500 meters away from the fortress. You can also take buses 80T, 82B, or 86V to Yedikule stop, which is right in front of the fortress. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or use a ride-hailing app like Uber or BiTaksi.
There are guided tours available at Yedikule Fortress, which can help you learn more about the history and architecture of the structure. You can book a tour online or at the ticket office. The tours last about an hour and are offered in Turkish, English, and Arabic.
Some of the things to see at Yedikule Fortress are the seven towers, each with its own name and function; the Golden Gate, which was decorated with gold-plated bronze statues; the Conqueror’s Mosque, a small domed structure in the courtyard; and the dungeons, where you can see graffiti left by prisoners.
Some tips for visiting Yedikule Fortress are to wear comfortable shoes, as there are many stairs and uneven surfaces; to bring water and snacks, as there are no cafes or vending machines inside; and to respect the rules and regulations of the museum, such as not touching or climbing on the artifacts.
Some prohibitions for visiting Yedikule Fortress are to not smoke, drink alcohol, or litter inside; to not take photos or videos with flash or tripod; and to not bring pets, weapons, or large bags.