Address: Yedikule Meydanı Sokak Yedikule Fatih
Phone: (0212) 584 4012
(0212) 263 3505
Web Site: www.ibb.gov.tr
Working Hours: Every day: 8:30-17:00
Yedikule Zindanlari is perhaps best known as the gigantic, ancient fortress that overshadows the southern European approaches to the city of Istanbul.
The history of the structure dates back to the 4th century, when Theodosius the Great constructed a triumphal arch there. The gates of the arch were covered with gold plate, leading to its signature title as the Golden Gate of Byzantium.
Theodosius’ successor, Theodosius II, later built four of the fortress’ seven towers, incorporating these and the archway into the new city walls. The final three towers were not built until after the fall of the Roman Empire, during the era of Mehmet the Conqueror.
Throughout the Ottoman period, the fortress was used for defensive purposes, as a prison, and as a place of execution.
Today, Yedikule Zindanlari serves as a popular open-air museum and cultural events venue. Its battlements contain impressive views of the city, while its rich and bone-chilling history offers a cultural adventure to any visitor.