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Yedikule (Castle of the Seven Towers) - CLOSED

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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good28%
  • Average14%
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  • Terrible3%
7 Jul 2018
“Still closed”
16 Feb 2016
“Yedikule still officialy closed, BUT this january 2016 was possible to enter.”
This fortress of walls helped to protect the city but its towers were also used to house prisoners as well as the state's treasury.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Yedikule Mh. | Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 263 35 05
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 22 February 2014

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore! I went there with a friend and we were kinda late. It is a hidden gem and totally worth taking time going all the way there. The fee is minimal and tourist-free! We walked around...More

12  Thank cattidudette
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

We were hoping to visit but unfortunately the main gate was chained shut and nobody seemed to have the faintest idea if it would ever be open to the public again.

4  Thank LGedik
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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Walked a lot to get to the fortress, just to give it a chance... but no luck, still closed, not even any sign of possible restoration work going on...it is not likely to be reopened in the near future.

Thank Ditke62
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Yedikule, with the amazing Golden Gate of the 1600 years old Theodosian Walls is still cloded down for unknown reasons. The Golden Gate was the most important gate of the doors and it's still the best conserved part of the Thoedosian walls. Check wikipedia for...More

1  Thank Luca M
Reviewed 22 January 2016

The structure of the castle is very nice. very old but very elegant. There is a small museum inside the caste which also can be looked and information can be gathered about the history of the castle

Thank Tanwani
Reviewed 7 January 2016

Went there this spring, but the place was closed. Should you be there, head instead north along the roman wall, which in itself is interesting. Head for the panorama museum with an exhibition showing the year 1453. That is definately worth the trip.

Thank RejseMorten
Reviewed 23 December 2015

I've visited fortress in 2010, and wanted to see it again this December. Unfortunately fortress is closed and ticket office inside looks abandoned. You still can see the walls and towers from outside, but don't expect good views of the Golden Gate, since it's surrounded...More

Thank Yuriy S
Reviewed 12 September 2015

We set off on public transport from Taksim square and had a short walk from the station. We walked round to find an entrance which was hidden behind parked cars. The entrance was locked and we could see through that it had once been an...More

Thank margaret e
Reviewed 6 August 2015

Been there in June, coming from The Marble Tower direction...just a big sign above the road with "Yehikule Hisari'' and that's all to lead you to this castle...After passing a horrible narrow bridge, we came to this very desired tourist attraction, but been disappointed very...More

2  Thank Irinel D
Reviewed 1 July 2015

One of the places i was really looking forward to visit during my trip to Turkey. Unfortunately, when i got there, i was out of cash and only had my card and they do not accept cards so i could not go in. The weather...More

Thank Finnyrolls
Reviewed 30 June 2015

June 28th 2015. Yedikule castle at the southern end of the Theodosian land walls would be a class 1 attraction in any other country I have visited but it was closed and neglected. We were waiting for a bus at Eminonu but were picked up...More

1  Thank AlanSwindale
Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

We were hoping to visit but unfortunately the main gate was chained shut and nobody seemed to have the faintest idea if it would ever be open to the public again.

4  Thank LGedik
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