I jumped on my road bike and rode to the north of Istanbul. I took some photos occasionally.

Bicycle ride in the north of Istanbul. Uzunya beach. April 16, 2017.
Uzunya beach. April 16, 2017.
Rumeli Lighthouse. April 16, 2017.
Rumeli Lighthouse. April 16, 2017.

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.

Black Sea entrance of the Bosphorus
Black Sea entrance of the Bosphorus. April 16, 2017.
Bosphorus from Rumeli Lighthouse road
The view of Bosphorus from the Rumeli Lighthouse (Rumeli Feneri) road. April 20, 2017. One of my favorite views in Istanbul.
The Bosphorus from the Rumeli Lighthouse (Rumeli Feneri) road
April bicycle ride in the north of Istanbul: The view of Bosphorus from the Rumeli Lighthouse (Rumeli Feneri) road. April 20, 2017.

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Published by Özgür Nevres

I am a software developer, a former road racing cyclist, and a science enthusiast. Also an animal lover! I write about the city of Istanbul on this website. I live in Istanbul since 1992.

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