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Maiden's Tower

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Address: Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 216 342 4747
10:00 - 18:45
20:15 - 00:30
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Mon - Fri 09:15 - 18:45
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:45
20:15 - 00:30

According to Turkish legend, a princess was locked in this tower to protect...

According to Turkish legend, a princess was locked in this tower to protect her from being bitten by a snake. Over the years the tower has been used as a customs station, lighthouse and a residence for retired naval officers.

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Maiden's Tower at Uskudar

It cost 40 Turkish lira to visit, it is located in the Asian side of Istanbul I been told that the Maiden tower is built by Byzantine emperor to protect his sister from some... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It cost 40 Turkish lira to visit, it is located in the Asian side of Istanbul I been told that the Maiden tower is built by Byzantine emperor to protect his sister from some prophecy but a she died because of a snake attack from a fruit basket that was brought from mainland

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can higly recommend to visit Maides's tower. Its reachable from Üsküdar with a small boat. The view is amazing from here anytime.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is an interesting place because there are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location....it must be visited...

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This building has been featured in several James Bond films, there is a restaurant inside and and cafe at the of the tower. We just viewed this on the boat cruise, the Maiden's Tower is also known as Leander's Tower. It lies on small islet on the Bosphorus strait.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I like looking at the Eiffel Tower at a distance and have never been to the top of the Empire State building, so I have a biased view and recommend viewing this structure in the middle of Marmara off the coast at a DISTANCE. Prefer to sail around it, go to a nice restaurant to eat around Kadikoy and admire... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

The Maiden tower is believed to be built by Byzantine emperor to protect his sister from some prophecy but anyway she died because of a snake attack from a basket that was brought from mainland ! It gives beautiful view for you to take a photo from main land ! Must see

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Old and historical beautiful tower that is connected to an old fairytale.. It was said that a fortune teller told the king that his daughter will be bitten by a snake and die, ever since the king tried his best to protect his daughter so he finally decided to send her to live in this tower, food and all required... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Recently ticked a visit to the tower of the bucket list. Interesting location with good views from the top of the tower. Restaurant on site however we did not stay to eat. The tower can be reached via a small ferry for 20 TL.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

It is a very special tower to visit 40 Turkish lira to take a boat and visit there . Try to go upstairs to drink something in the cafe or take lunch in the downstairs Restaurent

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Visited here today. The tower provides a great view of both sides of Istanbul. At 20 Lira it isn't too expensive. The exerts from history and stories surrounding the tower are a good read. There is a cafe/restaurant and bar available, but I didn't get to witness any of the 3.

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Home to more than half a million residents, Uskudar on the Asian side of the Bosphorus is one of Istanbul’s most densely populated neighbourhoods. Once a Greek colony, later a haven for people from across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, this gateway to Asia has been an active and diverse hub for eons. Still, visitors to Uskudar are often more overcome by its myriad treasures than by its many thousand residents. And with fairytale settings such as the “Maiden’s Tower” as well as grand examples of Ottoman Era architecture, plenty of parks, a gorgeous and lengthy coastline, and some of Turkey’s holiest sites, there’s no end to the sightseeing possibilities. Easily reached from the city’s European shores via a steady network of ferries, time spent in Uskudar reveals a “real life” Istanbul that many who experience find extremely fascinating.
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