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CT 7 Ottoman Empire

Our esteemed guest who says that I would like to spend a silent, calm and natural day far from Istanbul can spend all his/her day here, have a picnic and inhale the fresh air all day and take photos.

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Rumeli Fortress,

According to two epitaphs in the Big Zağanos Tower and the Small Zağanos Pasha Tower, the fortress was built in a short period of approximately four months. In the work named “Şerh-i Tecriyd-i Ataik” in the Süleymaniye Library, there is a record stating that the work was completed in 139 days. The lumbers used in the construction were obtained from Izmit and Black Sea Ereğli, the stones were from different places of Anatolia and spolias were obtained from worn out Byzantine buildings in the environment.
It has four main doors; Dağ (Mountain) Door, Dizdar Door, Hisarpeçe Door and Sel (Flood) Door and one secondary door called Mezarlık (Cemetary) Door. It has four towers in total, three of which were big towers called Saruca Pasha, Halil Pasha and Zağanos Pasha and one small called Zağanos Pasha and 13 bastions with various dimensions.

Rumeli Lighthouse

The present-day lighthouse in Rumeli Lighthouse, which dates back to ancient times, was built in order to make it easier for French and British warships to ascend from the Bosphorus to the Black Sea during the Crimean War of 1855, and was put into service with the Anatolian Lighthouse on the opposite bank. The Rumeli Lighthouse is 58 meters above sea level and the lighthouse tower is 30 meters high. There is also a fishing port under the hill where the lighthouse is located. There is a small and shabby restaurant at the fishing port.

Atatürk Arboretum

Atatürk Arboretum, which harbors Kirazlıbent made in the period of Ottoman empire and the first tree nursery of Turkey established by Neşet Hodja in 1916, is in cooperation with other arboretum s and botanical gardens in the world in the subject of seed and sapling procurement. Until 1982, infrastructure and planting works have continued even if slowly. On this date, it was given the name Atatürk Arboretum due to the 100th birthday celebrations of Atatürk.

  • Rumeli Fortress,
  • Atatürk Arboretum
  • Rumeli Lighthouse