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Maiden's Tower, Istanbul

(4.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Maiden's Tower represents a place shrouded in history and legend. The most popular story says that the tower at the southern entrance of the Bosporus was built by an emperor as a sanctuary for his daughter, whose death was prophesized by an oracle. In fact, the original structure dates back to the 12th century, when it was built to house one side of the famous chain system used by the Byzantines to close off the entrance to the strait. Today it houses a cafe and restaurant, and is a well-known landmark that has appeared on everything from the Turkish banknotes to James Bond movies. Small boats that take you to the tower regularly depart from the city's Asian coast. Use our Istanbul vacation builder to visit Maiden's Tower on your trip to Istanbul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • These places always Kufr;. We went from Kabataş and drive. On weekends there's boat per hour. no Weekday. Uskudar-Salacak ' t a n is the weekday-weekend always in for 15 minutes from Kabataş. girl Tower. Was $20, $10 per student, civil, if I remember correctly. Girl you don't pay extra sum at the entrance to the tower. If you examine moving away a little when you arrived you can see orjinalliğinden. Also hanging on the walls when you leave looking terrace legends definitely recommend to read. A blank go selfie, rather than take a cultural must be read to become conscious. On the top floor bar-cafe Lookin' municipality hired a private company there. The basement restaurant. Prices are $30, $35 grilled chicken grilled meatballs. We had to sit in the Café salep and latte. the price of $19.15 minutes per hour in the boat on the way back. Still, booking fees. Recommend.
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  • Maiden's Tower (Kiz Kulesi) symbols of İstanbul. Which is the subject of many legend Tower is located off the coast of Üsküdar. Throat voyages boats, huge ships passing through the İstanbul this thousand-year-old tower greets. Especially at sunset on the beach in view of an insatiable girl Tower, Üsküdar, waiting for you. Do not miss.
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  • Extremely expensive, also round shape is very dangerous. The girl with the beautiful single Tower. Restaurant No.
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  • I have been to Istanbul 5 times and crossed Maidens tower atleast 15 times but never been to the Island. It looks beautiful from outside. Maybe on my next visit ill go there
  • I visited the island and went in the tower. There is an expensive restaurant in the tower. And inside the tower is very cramped. There is some pictures inside telling the history of Maidens Tower. I think it is worth to see.
  • Very cool building. The story around it is also very interesting. A good place for a short trip.
  • Nice little place to see once. It has an expensive restaurant inside. Nice views from the tower.
  • A must see when in Istanbul. The name in Turkish is kiz kulesi (girls tower). So the story goes like this. One of the rulers of Istanbul at that time had a dream that his daughter will be bitten by a snake and die. In order to prevent this he built this tower on the water so that no snake may reach her. Good idea right? Later on while his daughter was living there a snake was on one of the boats which takes the food across to the tower. This snake somehow got off this supply boat and but his daughter and so fate took its course.