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Maiden's Tower

Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 216 342 47 47
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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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Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey
Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 216 342 47 47
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Reviewed 1 week ago

located right in the middle of the river, this monument had multiple storied and history. Not wheelchair or stroller friendly. There is a restaurant located int he tower.

Thank rafiki52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip we had to the Maidens Tower was as humorous as it was cold and dangerous. The Ferry from the old town takes 15 minutes or so and is cheap and cheerful. From the ferry terminal it is a walk along the seawall for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be at neither side of Istanbul makes it possible for you to see both sidesat the same time. Cafe and restaurant has good quality of food and service.

Thank tourtoturkey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful view. I wish I could’ve stayed to see the sunset! Although I didn’t get on the boat to have a close look at the tower, it felt amazing walking by the see side, feeding birds and having tea.

Thank Fatimah A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The number of legends as to why Maiden’s Tower was made are as many as the Star Wars movies (no offense to you Star Wars fans out there, May the Force be with You). I want to share this legend though, which goes back to...More

Thank LoveIStanbul365
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

We reach uskodar from istanbul by boat!! We reach uskodar at 8:30pm we had a very nice walk along the sea side than we sat in a street side coffe with arabic seat it was very nice night with beautiful view for the maiden's tower👍🏻higly...More

Thank giginata
Reviewed 9 December 2017

The tower is located in an island between European and Asian Istanbul. There are regular boats going there from both sides. Nice view and romantic place

Thank Kashkin
Reviewed 2 December 2017

Maidens tower wasn't really accessible by walking, but is was a nice view as we walked by. There is some seating and places to eat or get a tea/coffee along the sea wall nearby.

Thank ctocm_aw
Reviewed 13 November 2017

I have lived here for four years and only visited now! This tower is a beautiful landmark viewed best from the shore- there is a great place with cushioned seats where you can drink cay (tea), look at the tower and watch the sun set....More

Thank Nick T
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Only accessible via a small boat from Uskudar (Asian side). Aside from the view which is amazing you should look at the detail of the building.

1  Thank HDsydny
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
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6 January 2018|
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Response from Marie-Lynne B | Reviewed this property |
My photo was taken from the ferry, going up the Bospherus.
Marilyn R
2 September 2017|
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Response from Jayant K | Reviewed this property |
I just read about midwood-film-studio-complex-breaks-ground-in-istanbul but it won't be ready for another 5 years. Otherwise, no clue.
Shreya S
4 May 2017|
Response from İsmail Hakan M | Reviewed this property |
You can't go Maidens tower from Galata, you have to pass the bosphorus first, may be with ferry from Karaköy to Üsküdar. Then you can find the port from Üsküdar to Maidens tower.
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