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Maiden's Tower, Istanbul

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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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  • My personal highlight. Already two days I had made it me and the Bosphorus trip and the Topkapi Palace. The outward journey was but not so easy. Not because the trip is itself difficult, no, because the information is so sparsely planted. I asked at an information Office and no really good description on the Internet got not much was found. So I made myself good luck on the way by ferry to the Asian side. I caught the wrong, so not the normal ferry I.D.O. to Üsküdar, but ferry T.D.I. to harem. Got out there I walked 10 minutes the shore, and I stood directly before the boats to the tower. Which is available only until 18:30 (45) for normal tourists, then only with reservation for the restaurant. The small boats at short intervals up to the tower. There you can reach over a staircase to the top. I relaxed there in the cafe with a cup of tea first and then with a Turkish mocha. A very romantic place and also slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Who is there in the evening, is sure a unique mood. James Bond - so Pierce Brosnan and Sophie Marcau shot there already and also Ezio Auditore da explored Firenze the Leander - or girl Tower more accurately. Now also I left my mark on this unique spot. Find drawings and descriptions who is interested in the legend to the Tower, on the floors in the tower. At the bottom is a gift shop and the restaurant, on the first floor, there is a photo room with Oriental clothing. So, who is in Istanbul, must absolutely visit this tower!
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  • in the city, but other than that. especially for special occasions (like marriage proposal I did:)) that my advice is. .. )
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  • At the entrance of the Istanbul Strait. on behalf of the Royal elegance, Dayton, pupil, ornament and symbol has been historic. They say European historians here Leander Tower. The legend, fairy tale has been the subject to date. Evliya Çelebi described the Tower; An arrow's throw away from land in the sea ", four corners, is a high tower made of very interesting. Height is 80 (eighty) cubits. Across the mesehası (field) is two hundred feet. There are two way gate. Although She is the only place where you can't see the Tower, though an afternoon dip and a glass of white wine in the Sun with here in İstanbul, you can watch here. Ömrünüze will add life. Surely you will want to come again!
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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.