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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. Make Maiden's Tower part of your personalized Istanbul itinerary using our Istanbul trip builder website .
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  • Its a historical tower on water with nice panoramic view. It contain a restaurant. How to reach it: You need to take metro to uskudar marmaray Then have an amazing 10 minutes walk right on the seaside...  more »
  • Also called by another name, it is very referenced somewhere in all the comments of Istanbul, especially because of the coast you can see boats and drink
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  • This is one of the best spots for sunset views in Istanbul. It can be extremely crowded in the summer months, so if you go there in winter you can also enjoy the peace and quiet. We were there yesterd...  more »
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  • You should go here during sun rise or sunset. It’s going to be an amazing view. They have tea shop that you can sit on the couch facing to the sea and see the whole Istanbul. My heart melt.
  • Must visit when you come to Istanbul. Take the boat to Uskudar and walk along the seaside. Historic and restored lighthouse in the middle of the Bosphorus. Nice cafe and observation platform upstairs.
  • A delightful place to visit for historical reasons. Well thought out inside and boat shuttle is good. Menu is a little restrictive but all in all acceptable.
  • Actually i have not visit this place .but its really a very great place .i just loved it.so stunning place ;as it is in the between of the water.
  • My best and favorite place in Istanbul, it’s very romantic to sit there at night

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