The Maiden’s Tower, also known as the Leander’s Tower, is a small tower located on a small islet at the entrance of the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey. The tower has a long history and has served many purposes over the centuries, including as a watchtower, lighthouse, and customs checkpoint.
Today, the Maiden’s Tower is a popular tourist attraction, offering stunning views of Istanbul’s skyline and the Bosphorus Strait. Visitors can reach the tower by boat or by a pedestrian bridge that connects it to the mainland. Inside the tower, there is a restaurant and cafe, as well as a museum that tells the history of the tower and its role in Istanbul’s past.
According to legend, the tower was built to keep a prophecy from coming true. The prophecy stated that the daughter of a king would die on her 18th birthday from a snake bite. To protect his daughter, the king had the tower built in the middle of the sea, thinking it would keep her safe. However, on her 18th birthday, a snake hidden in a basket of fruit brought to her on the island bit her and she died.
Today, the Maiden’s Tower is a romantic spot and is often used as a backdrop for weddings and other special occasions. Visitors can enjoy a meal or a drink at the restaurant while taking in the stunning views of the city and the Bosphorus Strait.