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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.
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:45 PM, 8:15 PM - 12:30 AM
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Kiz Kulesi is commonly known as The Maiden's Tower. The tower is lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m from the coast of Uskudar. The tower has an old story of a king and her beautiful...More
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One of the most iconic images of Istanbul surely has to be the Kız Kulesi Üsküdar, known in English as Maiden’s Tower, Tower of Leandros, Leander’s Tower or Bosphorus Tower. It is found on a small natural islet in the Bosphorus,...More
Great picturesque location but food not quite at the highest level. Enjoyable nonetheless. Definitely recommend for a romantic evening with your loved one. Bring money to tip the waiters and a sweater or jacket as it can get quite nippy even during the summer when...More
We went on a splendid sunny day. It's such a beautiful view from the tower! It's a must if you visit Istanbul. You can take the ferry from Uzkudar and enjoy the view, the restaurant and even take pictures with ancient clothes for fun!
Home to more than half a million residents, Uskudar on the Asian side of the Bosphorus is one of Istanbul’s most densely populated neighborhoods. 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.
Response from Natasha_Var | Reviewed this property |
Hello! Well you chose the hard way to get to Kiz Kulesi. From Taksim Square take the bus DT1 to Beşiktaş University, and from there you go by foot to Beşiktaş Dentur where you take the boat to Üsküdar. From Üsküdar to Kiz... More
Hello! Well you chose the hard way to get to Kiz Kulesi. From Taksim Square take the bus DT1 to Beşiktaş University, and from there you go by foot to Beşiktaş Dentur where you take the boat to Üsküdar. From Üsküdar to Kiz Kulesi there are boat services from 9 a.m. to 18:30 p.m. at every fifteen minutes. But the most rapid way if you are located in Taksim is to go to Kabataş Station with the metro F1. From Kabataş to Kiz Kulesi on weekdays, there are ring services every hours from 12:00-18:00 and during weekends, ring services every hours from 10:00-18:00. If you go to dinner the boat to Kiz Kulesi is free and you do not have to pay it.
Response from BILMARAUS | Reviewed this property |
I believe that the hours are dependent on the season. We were there in winter and the transfer from the shore to the tower was hazardous in the wind and waves. There is a restaurant there and they are more likely to be open... More
I believe that the hours are dependent on the season. We were there in winter and the transfer from the shore to the tower was hazardous in the wind and waves. There is a restaurant there and they are more likely to be open at night for those arriving by water taxi rather than keeping a boat on standby. I hope that this helps. Cheers, Bill (Australia)