Legend Of The Maiden Tower!
Istanbul is one of the richest cities in the world with civilization, antiquities, art, and amazing nature, Istanbul is formerly known as Constantinople, Ancient Byzantium’s largest city and principal seaport of Turkey, was the capital of both the Byzantine empire and the Ottoman empire.
The old city of Istanbul stands on the triangular peninsula between Europe and Asia, Istanbul for more than 2500 years has stood between conflicting surges of religion, culture, and imperial power. For most of those years it was one of the most coveted cities in the world, because the long history of Istanbul at the center of empires, Istanbul offers a wealth of history and religion to take in. When you visit Istanbul you should visit so many attractions such as Maiden Tower also known as Kiz Kulesi, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet mosque, and Basilica cistern.
Maiden Tower or as it is known in Turkey Kiz Kulesi, also known as Leander's tower is located on a small islet at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m from the coast of Kadikoy and Üsküdar in the Asian side of Istanbul.
Since the Byzantine period is a tower on small islands at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait near to the coast of Uskudar.
“Maiden Tower” here is the story told about the construction in the waters of the Bosphorus strait, between myth and reality “Kiz Kulesi” shines on the coast of the Asian side of Istanbul.
It is not known exactly when, who built the tower, and why. Many strange stories were associated with it, which kept it a mystery in the water show and turned it into a special place that attracts thousands of tourists, and Turkish wedding parties.
It features a balcony surrounding its summit, which has a unique view of the Bosphorus, which is more charming by the presence of seagulls that echo in the place and fly above and near it in large numbers.
The unique Maiden Tower consists of 5 floors with a height of 18 meters linked by a spiral staircase, and it has a restaurant on the first floor and a café at the top of the tower.
The Hidden Story Of Maiden's Tower
The most famous story about the maiden's tower's construction is that there was an emperor who loved his daughter very much, and he had a dream, in which it was said that on her 18th birthday, a snake will bite her and kill her. As soon as he woke up, he removed his daughter from dry land to protect her in the middle of the strait, to protect her from any snake. Until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father. On the 18th birthday of the princess, the emperor brought her a basket of fruits as a birthday gift, delighted that he was able to prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into the basket, however, a small snake that had been hiding among the fruit bit the young princess, and she died in her father's arms, Because of her father’s mourning for her, the place was called “the girl tower”.
The tower remained deserted for many years until it was used in 1100 as a stop for ships coming across the Black Sea. During Constantinople in 1453, it was used as a watchtower, and it remained so until the earthquake in 1509. After being repaired it was used as a beacon until 1829, at which time it began to be used as a quarantine station. Currently, it has turned into a tourist attraction, which visitors can reach by boat in 10 minutes’ journey.
There are also cafes and restaurants in Istanbul on the coast opposite the tower, which are frequented by tourists and locals to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Maiden Tower.
Today when you visit Istanbul, the best way to serve you by the tower is to sit in front of it and stretch your legs in a very simple setting to drink tea, play “table” or eat nuts or anything you want, and watch the sunset from behind the tower and behind it the old Istanbul, where the minarets of Hagia Sophia and a Blue mosque overlook behind it.
After this fun and interesting tour, you can pass by the most important tourist attractions of Istanbul that are located near it.
Visiting Time Of Maiden Tower:
From Monday to Friday, from 9:15 in the morning until 6:45 in the evening.
On Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 in the morning until 6:45 in the evening then from 8:15 in the evening until 10:30