I jumped on my road bike and rode to the north of Istanbul. I took some photos occasionally.
Rumeli lighthouse (Turkish: Rumeli Feneri) is a historical lighthouse still in use. It is located in the north of Istanbul, on the European side of the Bosporus Strait’s Black Sea entrance.
Rumeli literally means the “Greek land” in Turkish. It is a former name for the Ottoman territories west of the Bosporus Strait (the European side).
The Rumeli Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Turkey. It is built on a hillside 58-meter (190 feet) high above sea level and has a height of 30-meter (98 feet).
The lighthouse was built by the French in order to provide safe navigation for the French and British warships entering and exiting the Black Sea during the Crimean War (1853-1856). The lighthouse went into service on 15 May 1856, together with its Anatolian counterpart. It was operated by the French until 1933 when the 100-year concession was canceled and the Turkish authorities took over.
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- Rumeli Feneri on Wikipedia
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