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Maiden's Tower, Istanbul

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#12 of 141 in Historic Sites in 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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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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  • Maiden's Tower has a legendary tales where it is told that a Byzantium princess who was prisoned in this tower by the emperor but snake comes out of fruit basket and bitten by a snake and she died.  more »
  • It's a nice tower/lighthouse on water. Not far from shore, 5 minutes by boat. You can by tickets on the shore next to the tower for 20 Turkish lira per person. It's in the neighborhood of Uskudar. The...  more »
  • mainy a resto so not a lot going on Worth a visit just for the history or just stand on the main road and read the tourist guide  more »
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  • Peculiar site in front of the Asian side of Istanbul. Very nice to be seen in the evening.
  • Gorgeous light house.. Best timing to visit is around sunset
  • What an amazing place. Living history.
  • Günün her saati güzel Any time of the day is fabulous.
  • Perfect building. That's a sing for Istanbul. You should see it's really good.