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Maiden’s Tower Istanbul

Maiden's tower Istanbul


The tower stands right in the middle of the Bosphorus; it has intrigued many visitors and haunted them in their dreams. Today it houses a restaurant but the legend goes that it was built to isolate and protect the daughter of a Sultan because an Oracle had predicted that she would be killed by a snake on her18th birthday. She lived alone in her tower visited only by her father. On the day of her 18th birthday, happy to have foiled the Oracle’s prediction, the father gave his daughter a beautiful basket of exotic fruits without realising that a poisonous snake was hidden in it. So, the Oracle’s prediction was fulfilled.


How to get there : To reach and enjoy views across the Bosphorus, one way : by boat. Private shuttles are organized. Reckon on paying 20 tl .


We recommend : when you cruise on the Bosphorus (for 10 to 15 Tl) you will pass close to the tower; this may be enough to enjoy the charm of this place and you do not have to land there. See for yourself and decide.





Location :

Üsküdar Salacak Mevkii, 34668 Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey


Maiden's tower Istanbul
Maiden's tower Istanbul