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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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  • Istanbul has the mysterious maiden's Tower in Istanbul, is keeping together of the most beautiful areas ....
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  • Recommend visiting this tower with lunch. From Uskjudara there are regular boats. Good views of the Bosphorus and Istanbul.
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  • It is simply unique. It has everything you need for a great trip. Great view, food, boat ride, super history, magnificent architecture. And it is super suitable for photos shoot. It is also not very expensive. Costs 10 lira for adults 20 lira and for students. Echevarria recommended
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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.