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Maiden's Tower

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Address: Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 216 342 4747
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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

This is historical tower in the middle of the sea. The view is perfect. There is also a restaurant inside the tower, which is quite expensive.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 October 2015
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

Dad built the Tower to keep daughter safe but eventually failed ? Sounds like a good story but not sure if true. Asked several locals & got different replies Either way the Lighthouse & Tower are still an impressive sight and nowadays is a high class restaurant , didn't land but viewed from the Bosporus !!

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Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

We were told to go visit this little site - a light house on barely something you can call an island. We crossed the Bosphorous (highlight of our visit) to get to the Other Side of Istanbul, walked from the harbor to the "site" for over 30 mins. When we got to the spot, we were really disappointed. Nothing spectacular... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

This is historical tower in the middle of the sea. The view is perfect. There is also a restaurant inside the tower, which is quite expensive.

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Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

I saw the Maiden's Tower from the boat along the Bosphorus. I wish I'd got a closer look. This tower has fascinated me for years, ever since I first saw a picture of it. Unfortunately I had limited time in Istanbul on this trip and couldn't actually go there. The tower, built on a small islet off the Asian side... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

We made a reservation from travel company very romantic place for dinner and very enteresting king historia service,staff,location excellent

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

The Maiden's tower lies at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus on a islet. I pass through it several times while cursing around but decided not to drop by since, what you can see from distance is enough. Nothing special to see from the close look. Its not really even high to have any great view and at sometime was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

Enigmatic, historical, n what a location. Seeable if u use a ferry to prince's island or from west shore to west shore

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

The Missus felt a little sick, so she waited by at the long long row of floor seated cafes along the sea front, while my son and I caught the little boat across to the maiden's tower. I didn't expect much, but as you walk to the top, each floor has a tale that involves the maiden tower. It really... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

A lesser known Tower in Istanbul. It is actually the scene where 007 movie -- The world is not enough " is shot. Quiet a nice restaurant. Little expensive, but worth have a dinner there. the local stories are also fascinating and is well describe of the walls of the stairs. A short boat ride is needed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

The Maiden's tower being the one place in Istanbul we just had to visit, and we weren't to be disappointed either. Now, getting here from the European side couldn't be any easier, just equip yourself with a multi travellers card which you can buy from any corner shop for an amount you can put in yourself like a credit card... More 

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Uskudar
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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