Rumelifeneri, Sarıyer

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This article is about the village Rumelifeneri, Sarıyer. For the lighthouse, see Rumeli Feneri.
Rumelifeneri is located in Turkey
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 41°14′N 29°07′E / 41.233°N 29.117°E / 41.233; 29.117Coordinates: 41°14′N 29°07′E / 41.233°N 29.117°E / 41.233; 29.117
Country  Turkey
Province İstanbul Province
District Sarıyer
Elevation 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,337
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 34450
Area code(s) 0212
Licence plate 34

Rumelifeneri (named after the lighthouse Rumeli Feneri) is a village in İstanbul Province, Turkey.


Rumelifeneri is in Sarıyer intracity district of Istanbul Province. At 41°14′N 29°07′E / 41.233°N 29.117°E / 41.233; 29.117 it is a coastal village located at the extreme northwest (i.e., European side) of the Bosphorous Strait. It is a suburb of Istanbul. The distance to Sarıyer is 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) and to the center of Greater Istanbul is about 25 kilometres (16 mi). The population of Rumelifeneri is 2,337[1] as of 2010.


The village is an old settlement. Its name was Panium in the ancient ages, Fanarraki or Fanarayan during the Byzantine Empire. The lighthouse the symbol of the village, was built by the Republic of Genoa which fought against Republic of Venice in 1352 and colonized the area before Turkish conquest in the Middle Ages. The light house was rebuilt in the 19th century by the Ottoman Empire. There are two ruins in the village which are historically important. The Pompeius column was constructed by the Byzantine Empire and the citadel was built by the Ottoman sultan Murat IV in the 17th century. Another important event which Rumelifeneri was involved was the rebellion of Kabakçı Mustafa.[2]


Rumelifeneri is a fishermen's village. But it is very close to Istanbul, which makes the village a place of seafood restaurants specialized for daily excursion of Istanbul citizens.