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RUMELİ KAVAĞI

rumkav2North of Sarıyer, Rumeli Kavağı is the sister of Anadolu Kavaği on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus. Together they make up the two last stops on the Şehir Hatları long Bosphorus cruises and both offer a range of fish restaurants clustered round a harbour to passengers who want to disembark. 

At one of the narrowest points of the Bosphorus, Rumeli Kavaği has always held great strategic importance and a castle was built here as early as the 12th century by Manuel I Komnenus. İmroz Kalesi was later occupied by the Genoese and then by the Ottomans, its most recent incarnation having taken shape during the reign of Sultan Murad IV who reigned from 1623 to 1640. In Byzantine times a chain could be strung across the Bosphorus from İmroz Kalesi to Yoros Kalesi to prevent enemy ships passing.

There's a small stretch of sandy beach nearby at Altınkum.

It remains to be seen what impact the Third Bosphorus Bridge will have on what had been a quiet, secluded part of the Bosphorus. 

Transport info

Full Bosphorus cruises depart Eminönü for Rumeli Kavağı daily at 10.35am and 1.35pm (http://sehirhatlari.com.tr/en/timetable/full-bosphorus-cruise-362.html).

Nearby areas

Anadolu Kavağı

Garipçe

Rumeli Feneri

Sarıyer

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