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A place of legends – Maiden’s Tower

Sight in Istanbul

According to a popular Turkish legend, the Byzantine king imprisoned his daughter here after an oracle prophesised that she would die of a venemous snakebite on her 18th birthday. When the day finally came, her overjoyed father brought her a basket of fruit as a gift, but unbeknownst to him, the killer snake was hiding inside.

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.