Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Turkey  /  Istanbul  /  Sightseeing  /  Maiden's Tower
Maiden's Tower, Istanbul
(4.4/5 based on 600+ 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.
Create a full Istanbul itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Istanbul

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Istanbul by other users

33 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, kids, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 33 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM TURKEY December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 48 days in Europe BY A USER FROM KUWAIT December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA January, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 6 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM HUNGARY January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM HUNGARY January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • When being in Istanbul, you decide to take one of the many boats that set sail from the port near the Domabahce Palace, Kabatas (anchorage), you can choose the ferry, which will take you among other places on the island of the maiden Tower, 'Kız Kulesi', small island, which has the distinction of being at the junction of the Bosphorus and Marmara seas near the coast of Üsküdar. This island also known as Leandro, due to Greek mythology story of Ovid, in fact currently has a balcony which can be accessed free of charge, is a lighthouse that has been built a café restaurant, which for their uniqueness and the view is worth visiting it. We particularly do not travel by the restaurant, but once there, we opted to eat a cup of Turkish coffee. Just add both food and coffee to have a high price. This cross island, there are several legends, the best known is the Greek of young Leandro in love with a priestess Hero that occupied the island, who visited at night, saving to do so, the distance from Earth to swim, but account the legend that a night of strong storm went off the faro torch, by what Leandro was not able to find your destination succumbing between wings waves. Knowing this, Hero threw is the Sea also succumbing.
    View original
  • Convinced that the maiden Tower all passed on the ferry if you want to get it to climb the Tower, you should swim/ride to Uskudar, pass along the promenade and boat ride to the tower for 15 lire in the Tower there is a cafe on the top floor and a restaurant on the ground floor. Until the rise to the top, you can read about the history of the Tower we were when the sun shone very nicely and which had no professional camera
    View original
  • If you have arrived in İstanbul against Turkish coffee drinking girl never made it to the tower. You can also take the girl into the tower so you can catch them and have engines that takes prices if I remember correctly it was around 7.5 pounds. I would recommend you have a good day.
    View original
Google
  • 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.