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Maiden’s Tower

Coordinate: 41º01’16.12’’K 29º00’15.68’’D Height: 0 m

Maiden’s Tower is the guard of the meeting point of the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea, offshore in Salacak very close to Üsküdar. In the 12th century, Emperor Manuel Komnenos I (1143-1180) built a defense tower in here, it is also rumored that Emperor stretched a chain from Seraglio Point (Sarayburnu) to another tower for the security of Istanbul.

Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror built another tower in here after the conquest of Istanbul. Structure damaged in an earthquake in 1509, and repaired. It took the function of showing the way to the ships by adding a beacon.

 

Structure rebuilt as masonry after a fire in 1719. A glass pavilion placed to the tower of the structure, and it was covered with a lead coated dome. The structure was used as quarantine hospital during a cholera epidemic after the repair by the order of Mahmut II in 1832.

Maiden’s Tower can be visited by boats from Salacak, Ortaköy and at weekends Kabataş. You can just go and see the magnificent view of Istanbul, but also you can rest in the mystical atmosphere in the café which serves as a café in the afternoons and as a restaurant in the evenings.