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Maiden's Tower

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Leander's Tower

Also known as Leander's Tower, Maiden's Tower is situated on the sea at the entrance of the Bosphorus and is famous for its legends and iconic architecture. The Maiden's Tower is a perfect place to enjoy the enchanting view of the Bosphorus from within.

Maiden's Tower

Maiden's Tower is mesmerizing place to visit when in Istanbul, located on an islet at the entrance of the Bosphorus. It was first built in 1110 by the Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenus.

Since then it has been destroyed and rebuild several times and assumed numerous functions varying from watchtower to lighthouse, eventually becoming a restaurant.

At sunset, experience a romantic candlelight dinner at the Maiden's Tower perched on a small islet at the entrance of the Bosphorus. You will marvel at the 360-degree view as Istanbul's skyline lights up and the sun disappears.

Legend of Maiden's Tower

Legend says that an emperor built the tower to protect his daughter from an evil prophecy.

A soothsayer had told him that his daughter would be killed by a snake on her 18th birthday. That is why the emperor put his daughter on this islet. Unfortunately, just as the soothsayer had prophesied, the princess was bitten by a snake, which was hiding in the fruit basket that the emperor brought as a gift for his daughter on this special day.

Visiting the Leander's Tower

Maiden's Tower is open to the visitors each day, between 09:00-24:00. Enjoy at the cafe or restaurant in the tower overlooking to amazing Istanbul view. Make sure to visit the Leander's Tower late in the afternoon since the best sunset view of Istanbul is available from this angle.

Maiden's Tower, Istanbul

Leander's Tower, Istanbul