Maiden's Tower 2.5 rating

  Landmarks

Maiden's Tower, also called Leander's Tower, is built on a small islet surrounded by waters of Bosphorus off the Üsküdar coast where you can have breakfast before noon (a standard breakfast costs 35 TL pp), have drinks during day or dine (mid-expensive) inside the tower itself. The Tower is accessible by boats both from Salacak (very frequent intervals four seasons) or from Kabataş in European Side, on the Bosphorus waterfront at the end of the funicular line from Taksim Square (about once every two hours, summers only). Story has it that a powerful emperor built the tower in the middle of the sea to protect his beloved daughter from death after hearing a prophecy told by a fortuneteller, but a snake had found its way to the tower (inside a basket of fruits) and, as you have already guessed, had bitten and killed the princess, although in reality it is far more likely that the place was built as a lighthouse to warn the ships entering the Bosphorus about the rocky islet the tower was built on. There is also a viewing area on the coast directly opposite the Tower where you can buy tea and sit down to enjoy the beauty of Bosphorus while listening to traditional Turkish music-much cheaper than the Tower itself. It is recommended to visit right at sunset, when the sun is reflecting off the water and the Tower's lights are turning on. Also at the viewing area, there are 2-person gondola rides.

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About Maiden's Tower

 Salacak

 +90 216 342-47

 http://www.kizkulesi.com.tr

Maiden's Tower and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia(2.5 km)
Hagia Sophia is a 6th century Orthodox patriarchal basilica that was later used as a mosque, and is today a museum.

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace(1.9 km)
TheTopkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624-year reign.

Soğukçeşme Street

Soğukçeşme Street(2.4 km)
A car-free downhill cobbled street just behind Hagia Sophia, with renovated (or totally re-built) traditional wooden houses two- or three-storeys tall typical of Ottoman era, leaning against the outer wall of Topkapi Palace grounds/Gülhane Park.

The Museum of Archeology

The Museum of Archeology(2.2 km)
A must see! One of the best, including a great collection of Sumerian tablets, pieces of the wall of Babylon and Roman marble statues.

Cezayir Street

Cezayir Street(2.3 km)
Better known as Fransız Sokağı or La Rue Française, i.

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace(2 km)
It's the Ottoman Palace centered close to Taksim at the Dolmabahçe shore.

Maçka Park

Maçka Park(2.8 km)
This is a park occupying two sides of a valley of this hilly city, with an avenue in between.

Akaretler Street

Akaretler Street(2.5 km)
Akaretler Caddesi, or officially Süleyman Seba Caddesi features upscale garment boutiques, restaurants, and sidewalk cafes housed in recently renovated late Ottoman era rowhouses initially built for the state elite, given their proximity to Dolmabahçe Palace, imperial headquarters then.

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