Facts about the Maiden’s Tower (Kız Kulesi) in Istanbul

Facts about the Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi) in Istanbul

Maiden’s Tower is one of the city’s most famous symbols, that located on the Bosphorus in Uskudar area in Istanbul.

There is no information if the tower is manmade or it was found in the water naturally.

It was once a reflection of Byzantine paintings, and later it became Ottoman lighthouse.

There are many legends that related to the tower and its name.

The reason of its name is due to the legend of the king who was told by the oracle that his daughter would die from a snakebite. 

The tower was commissioned by the king to protect his beloved daughter from her dark fate.

It is also known as the Leander Tower of the ancient Greek myth of Hero and Leander.

Hero, the priestess of Aphrodite, fell in love with Leander who would swim every night to meet his lover in the tower.

There are many restaurants and cafes in the tower that serve the tourists and visitors.

You can try the telescope in the tower to see many historical places around it.

The tower has a stunning view that you can come with your family or friends and enjoy it.

You can also take some photos while you are in the middle of the sea and have some unforgettable memories.

Facts about the Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi) in Istanbul
Facts about the Maiden’s Tower (Kız Kulesi) in Istanbul

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Interesting secrets about the Maiden’s Tower

Interesting secrets about the Maiden's Tower
Interesting secrets about the Maiden’s Tower

Maiden’s Tower is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Many theories about the tower are presented inside the building using modern technology.

The Maiden’s Tower has been operating as a museum since 1960s.

There were no floors inside the tower before the 1960s restoration.

The thickness of the walls of the tower is 5 meters, its height is 28 meters in the north and 31 meters in the south.

The tower consists of 6 floors with a height of 23 meters, connected by a spiral staircase through which you can easily move around.

There is a water well covered with stones inside the tower with a total depth of more than 21 meters.

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Your guide to Uskudar, Istanbul

Your guide to Uskudar, Istanbul
Your guide to Uskudar, Istanbul

Uskudar is one of the large municipalities of Istanbul, that located on the Asian side of Istanbul.

It is located to the north by Beykoz, to the east by Umraniye, to the southeast by Atasehir and Kadikoy, and to the west by the Bosphorus.

This area is very old and famous, where many visitors come to visit it annually.

You can find many amazing places in Uskudar, such as palaces, towers, hotels, parks, and restaurants.

It is an ideal place in Istanbul for housing, and the best choice for tourists in the Asian side.

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The most well-known historical places in Uskudar

The most well-known historical places in Uskudar
The most well-known historical places in Uskudar
  • The Maiden’s Tower.
  • Camlica Hill.
  • KidZania Istanbul.
  • Beylerbeyi Palace.
  • Mihrimah Sultan Mosque.
  • Akasya Shopping Mall.

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How to reach the Maiden’s Tower?

How to reach the Maiden's Tower
How to reach the Maiden’s Tower

The Maiden’s Tower is located about 150-200 meters across the coasts of Uskudar on the sea in the Salacak area at the entrance to the Bosphorus.

The most practical way to reach the Maiden is via Maiden’s boat services from Kabatas Pier and Uskudar Salacak Pier.

Take the ferry to Uskudar from the European side, and take a dolmus or bus from the Asian side.

To get to Salacak Pier from Uskudar, take a public bus or taxi for 5 minutes or walk 1.8 km as far as the beach.

Uskudar, Istanbul is located in a valley surrounded by hills and open to the sea, and it is surrounded by famous areas, such as Kadikoy, Umraniye, and Beykoz.

If you are on the European side of Istanbul, take public transportation to reach Uskudar.

But if you would go to Uskudar by your car, you can go through the Marmara Sea Tunnel or via the Bosphorus Bridge.

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