Seven Towers Dungeons is 13 km (8 mile) far to Istanbul centurum. As its name says in Turkish, Yedikule is a seven towered fortress which was built next to the city wall near the Byzantine Imperial Gate (Golden Gate or Porta Aurea) during the reign of Sultan Fatih Mehmet to protect the treasury. During the sultan Murat III’s reign, the treasury was relocated to the Topkapi Palace and Yedikule began to be used as a dungeon. The place of imprisonment of many foreign ambassadors and Ottoman statesman, as well as a place of execution for some, the fortress was last used as a prison in 1831. It than became a dwelling for the lions of Topkapi Palace, and later a gunpowder manufacturing place. Today, the fortress is a museum which is also hosting open air concerts in the inner courtyard during the summer months.

Open daily between 09:30-16:30
Address: Osman Kale Meydani Caddesi No:4, Yedikule – Fatih – Istanbul
Phone: +90.212. 585 89 33
Admission: 5 TL

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