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Maiden's Tower, Istanbul

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#13 of 141 in Historic Sites in Istanbul
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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  • August 20, 2017
    No matter the time of the day for me is the most beautiful place of Istanbul Salacak coast out of here, you know how they say watching world kızkule you have to do this one in 100 details business say no more
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  • August 20, 2017
    We went an evening for dinner. Food was good, but somewhat mediocre. But still we liked the trip, getting picked up by the boat, being seated in a museum-like interior in a historic building, and best...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Do not go, but g. Rune. Because restaurants and very expensive. One day, and the statue of liberty in New York restaurant olurşa they say Turkish civilization is also additional reach. History is not tourism but has given someone declare my idea because hrriyet ayan.
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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.

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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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