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Maiden's Tower (Kiz Kulesi)

Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #30 of 504 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
22 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We were stunned by this little yet beautiful tower and the restaurant run inside it. The service was very good and the food was simple but delicious!

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Athens, Greece
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10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

It is really worth visiting it to take wonderful pictures, admire the view and drink a cup of coffe or tea.

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Killarney, Ireland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The interior of the tower has been transformed into a popular café and restaurant, with an excellent view of the former Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman capital.[4] Private boats make trips to the tower several times a day

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Solingen, Germany
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27 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I wouldnt miss visiting this if i was again in Istanbul. It has a lot of history behind it and its quite interesting. The view is amazing. Must visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I have always wanted to visit this attraction as Ive always see it on Turkish TV & have heard much about it. I finally got to go & it was just beautiful! To reach it you have to take a sea bus, the bus driver was a little rubbish with communicating what time we have to leave but the experience... More

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Such a beautiful place to visit! Probably one of a kind! Close to Asian side of IStanbul - you will enjoy your way there and when you come there - oh, sooo amazing! The tower is in nicely renovated, has good positioned caffe on the top.. enjoy your caj and view - top of the thril!

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

Some of the reviews about Maidan's Tower are quite cynical. I visited this place in Oct and I believe it is worth seeing. Yes, it's not going to be impressive like the Blue Mosque but it has a lot of history and is worth the trek. I took the ferry from terminal 2 of the old city to Uskadar. The... More

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Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

getting there and looking it up close is an experience, i would go back again any time when ever i am in town. its got folklore strings that ring distant fairyland bells. the small rock outcrop with a history is charming. food is ok a bit expensive but its in the middle of the Bosporus! so ok i guess.

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Rzeszow, Poland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Beautiful tower with many legends and myths about the build. My favourite place to smoke nargile right on the seaside and look on Kiz Kulesi.

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33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

it took a little more than 1 hour to visit kiz kulesi (maiden tower) to go there and come back to the European side. I took a turyol ferry from eminonu to uskudar. the tickets kiosk of turyol comes after the traditional boats of balik ekmek (fish sandwiches boats).after reaching uskudar iskelisi I walked through salacak sahili yolu,after 15-20 minutes... More

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