The Maiden's Tower (Kiz Kulesi), Uskudar, Istanbul


The Maiden's Tower, also known as the Leandros, is the most popular landmark and monuments of the city of Istanbul.

An evening night out, watch the sunset and dine at the Maiden's Tower is one of the best things to do in Istanbul.

It is believed to have been constructed around 340 B.C. The legend comes from the ancient Greek era, than to Byzantium and Ottomans.


The Maiden's Tower is now one of the popular sights in Istanbul. During day it is used as cafe and in the nights as restaurant.

Maiden's Tower is also one of the best places to see in Istanbul.

The legend of the Maiden's Tower dates to 2,500 years past. There are 3 legends for the Maiden's Tower.

The Legend of Leandros
A young man named Leandros falls in love with a nun named Hero who is faithful to Afrodit. However, as a nun, falling in love with someone is taboo for Hero.

Hero lives in the Maiden’s Tower. Every night, Hero makes a fire in the tower to let Leandros find his way to her by swimming to the tower.

They were meeting every night until one night the bonfire is put out by a storm and Leandros lost his way in the cold waters of the Bosphorus and dies. When Hero heard about his dead, she committed suicide.


The Princess Legend
Once upon a time, a soothsayer makes the prediction to the King that his daughter will die as a result of a snakebite. The King has a castle built in the sea in order to protect his daughter. Time passes and the girl grows up in the castle. However, the prediction made by the soothsayer was inevitably comes true as a snake hiding a fruit basket carried to the princess bites and kills her.

The Battalgazi Legend
A man named Battalgazi falls in love with the daughter of the Tekfur that is a Christian ruler of a town or a locality. He does not bestow his daughter to Battalgazi and he put her in the tower to protect her. Later on, Battalgazi attacks the tower and abducts the girl. He mounts his horse with the Tekfur’s dauhgter and rides away very quickly. The famous Turkish expression of “he who takes the horse got by Üsküdar” comes from this legend.


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