Anadoluhisarı * 'Anatolian Castle (1395)' * Olympist ©

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Mehmet Güçlü on April 25, 2011


Anadoluhisarı (Anatolian Castle) is a fortress located in Istanbul, Turkey on the Anatolian (Asian) side of the Bosporus, which also gives its name to the quarter around it. It was built between 1393 and 1394 by the Ottoman sultan Bayezid I "The Thunderbolt" as part of his preparations for the Second Ottoman Siege of Constantinople, which took place in 1395.

Anadoluhisarı, constructed on an area of 7,000 m², is situated at the narrowest point with 660 m of the Bosporus strait and next to a creek named Göksu (ancient Greek name: Aretòs). The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, the second bridge spanning Bosporus, is located just north of the fortress. Another fortress, Rumelihisarı, was built between 1451 and 1452 by Sultan Mehmed II opposite of Anadoluhisarı on the European side in order to obtain absolute control over the sea traffic of the Bosporus Strait, which was especially vital for the Genoese in Galata, who were allied with the Byzantines and had colonies in the Black Sea such as Caffa, Sinop and Amasra.

Anadoluhisarı was erected as a watch fort. It has a 25 m high, quadratic main tower within the walls of an irregular pentagon with five watchtowers at the corners. There is a masjid in the fortress. It is the oldest Turkish architectural structure built in Istanbul. The fortress was named "Güzelce Hisar" in historical documents. Sultan Mehmed II reinforced the fortress with a 2 m thick wall around it, which had three watchtowers. Some extension buildings like warehouse and houses were added as well. Due to changes made in the past, it no longer retains its original appearance. Following the conquest of Constantinople, it served as a military prison.

Günter Wingen on April 25, 2011

Very nice night shot!! Greetings Günter

Cindy Breen on April 25, 2011

Very nicely taken Olympist



Reza Partiya on April 25, 2011

It is great!

What a beautiful night shot.

I like it.

maxou MAXOU on April 25, 2011

hello Olympist © !!

very beautiful night pic !


  • Best wishes ->maxou
sonjabgd on April 25, 2011

Beautiful night shot.



Christos Theodorou on April 25, 2011

Excellent photo! - Greetings from Athens.

MAYAAMON on April 25, 2011


Armando Buira on April 25, 2011

Very beautiful Picture!!! LIKE 8.

Best wishes, Armando

petros bounas on April 25, 2011

Very nice capture! Like-10 and YS-5!! My best wishes from Greece my friend Olympist.

Achiper on April 25, 2011

LIKe for this great shot.
Best wishes.

Itallica on April 26, 2011

Great composition!

George Ellington on April 26, 2011

Çok güzel olmuş. Really, very nice. Makes me homesick.

naveen sharma on April 26, 2011

Superb capture of a great image superlike,cheers navsha

Olda Templ Vykydal on April 26, 2011

Very nice shot. LIKE. Greetings, Olda.

miracle07 on April 26, 2011

Very well. Beauty. Liked. Greeting from Russia.

Petros Kalaitzis on April 26, 2011

Nice photo. LIKE. Greetings, Petros

Ismail Yaşartekin on April 26, 2011

Harika bir gece çekimi olmuş.Emeğinize sağlık.

like 19 + Favorite


Đorđe Grujičić on April 26, 2011

Beautiful photo.YsL.

ESTITXU de Bilbao on April 26, 2011

Very good photo night, like sincere greetings ESTITXU.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 25, 2011
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    by Mehmet Güçlü
    • Taken on 2011/04/23 22:48:57
    • Exposure: 0.500s (1/2)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO1600
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash