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Anatolian fortress

Anatolian fortress (Anadoluhisari) is a small fortress located on the Asian side of Istanbul on the Bosporus Strait opposite Anadoluhisari, near the town of Asomati, where there were Byzantine prison. This fortress is considered the oldest monument of Turkish architecture in Istanbul. To the North of this fortress is the viaduct of Fatih Sultan Memed.

Built Anadoluhisar at the initiative of the Sultan Bayezid the First, during one of the sieges of the city in 1393 and was intended for the siege of Constantinople. The fortress is situated on an area of 7000 sq m at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus (only 660 meters wide). Later, the Anatolian fortress was strengthened by Sultan Mehmed II, who took the decision to block the Bosphorus and thereby to blockade Constantinople from the North. In 1452, on the contrary, Anadoluhisar built a new Rumeli fortress, and all the Maritime transport through the Bosporus Strait after this it was under the absolute control of the Ottoman Empire. The Bosphorus was particularly important for the Genoese in Galata, who were allies of the Byzantines and had colonies on the Black sea such as Caffa, Sinop and Amasra.

Also Anatolian fortress was used as a vantage point. Around the fortress was built three guard towers. Because of these changes it has not retained its original appearance. With the fall of Constantinople, the fortress turned into a prison.

Originally the fortress was called "Guzelce Hisar" and was on the nearest coast. Its size was a bit smaller than the Rumeli fortress on the opposite shore. The construction of the fortress well developed and strongly distanced her from the sea. Around the fortress there is a large number of summer villas, which belonged to prominent statesmen and military officials of the Ottoman Empire. In the next part of the Bosphorus, mainly located modern residential areas and fishing villages where you can eat fresh fish and other marine products. By the way, and Kucuksu the Goksu river that runs nearby, Westerners referred to as the "Sweet Waters of Asia".

Every detail of this Grand building amazes with its Supreme craftsmanship and grace. On the territory of the fortress you can go through the entrance near the roadway. The main entrance leads to a beautiful garden, through which tourists and visitors can get into the spacious hall, and then into the living room, where I took visitors. The Grand staircase is a magnificent and truly spectacular. Nearby is a large kitchen which adjoins a lovely dining room and bar could not be better suited for dinner parties or parties in an elegant atmosphere. A stunning view from the living room on the ground floor, on the waters of the Bosphorus. All the Windows are framed with beautiful wood shutters. Amazing spacious bedroom is complemented by two dressing rooms (male and female), and a bathroom. Located to the right of the stairs the other two bedrooms also affect its size. Apartment last floor is a room is a Studio type where there is a private bathroom, living room and kitchen. Not be amiss to note the fact that all bedrooms are also located on the Bosphorus. The basement was equipped for entertainment and recreation. Here, there is a games room and massive billiard table. From this room you can get into a cozy home theater. On the right side of the stairs is a Laundry room and Central heating. There is also a bathroom and a small kitchen.

The unique location in the heart of the Bosphorus and the Regal luxury of this Palace makes this place valuable find even for the most demanding tourists. In 1991-1993, the Fort was restored and converted into a Museum, closed to the public.