Istanbul Maiden's Tower

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The Leander's Tower

Maiden's Tower (Leander's Tower), which is situated on the sea at the entrance of the Bosphorus, 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 (known as Leander's Tower), which is located on an islet at the entrance of the Bosphorus, is a mesmerizing place to visit in Istanbul.

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.

The facility within the tower serves as a cafe restaurant during the day and becomes a special restaurant and a unique venue in the evening. At sunset, experience a romantic candlelight dinner at the Maiden's Tower. You will marvel at the 360 degree view as Istanbul's skyline lights up and the sun disappears. Make sure to visit the Maiden's Tower late in the afternoon since the best sunset view of Istanbul is available from this angle.

Maiden's Tower is open to the visitors each day, between 09:00 - 24:0.

Legend of the Tower

Legend says that a very powerful and magnificent king 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.

Highlights of the Tower

This exceptional structure witnessed everything that the city has encountered throughout its history.

  • It was used as a watchtower, defense tower, lighthouse, quarantine station.
  • Today, it only speaks the language of love.
  • Maiden's Tower is the symbol of marriage proposals and declarations of love.
  • It has a charming atmosphere with the magical view of the Bosphorus.
  • Once it was very popular on postcards, now it is very popular on social media.

Did you Know?

Maiden's Tower, which is the first scene that comes to mind when someone says Istanbul, is the apple of Istanbul's eye with its architectural structure and many legends.

The Leander's Tower
Leander's Tower, Uskudar, Istanbul