The Maiden’s Tower? Probably you did see the this structure. Actually this built is very famous around the world. You can see it in the so many movies and tv series. Especially, James Bond one of the these movies. So, in this article we’ll share everything about Leander Tower with you. This tower is one of the most populer symbols of Istanbul city.
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Address: Üsküdar Salacak Mevkii, 34668 Üsküdar/İstanbul
The Maiden’s Tower/Leander Tower
This small and charming tower was built on the island at the entrance to the Bosphorus; it is recognized as one of th symbols of Istanbul. Used as a watctower and a lighthouse in the past, the Maiden’s Tower Marks the entrance of the Bosphorus. The tower, which was maintained its attractive appearence over the centruies, serves as a tourist attraction with its restaurant and observation tower. The name Maiden’s Tower comes from one of the legends connected to tower. A soothsayer foretold that a king would lose his beloved daughter at the age of the eighteen when she would be bitten by a snake. So the king had the tower that stood in the middle of the sea repaired and kept his daughter here. However, fate cannot be escaped and a snake emerged from a basket of grapes that had been send to tower and bit the princess. The king had an iron coffin prepared for his daughter and had it placed above the gate of Hagia Sophia. Today, there are two holes in the vault, which has given rise to stories about how to snake did not leave the girl alone even after her death.
At the present time the Maiden’s Tower is one of the symbol of Üsküdar and the Bosphorus. It is an important component of the silhoutte of the Bosphorus. With restorations and and repairs the appearence of this tower has been greatly improved. Today the tower houses a restaurant that is open to the puplic.
The Maiden’s Tower History and Architecture
At the offshore of Salacak, close to Üsküdar, Leander’s Tower is the guardian of the point where Bosphorus meets Marmara Sea. Tower took its name from the legend that tells a Byzantine Emperor who sealed his doughter into the tower. Emporer Manuel Komnesos (1143-80) built guard tower here in 12th century and it has been used as a customs station and traffic control Office. It is said that the emperor stretched a chain from another tower near Sarayburnu for the security of Istanbul.
Mehmet, the Conqueror built a new tower here after the conquest of Istanbul. The tower which demolished in the earthquake of 1509 was renovated with the order of Yavuz Sultan Selim (1512-20). After 16th century in which Ottoman Empire was very powerful, the tower stopped being used as a watch tower and became a lighthouse to guide ships. When the timber tower built during the reign of Yavuz destroyed in the fire of 1719, it renewed in between 1725-26, a glass kiosks placed on it and its dome covered with lead. It became the station of quarantine in the cholera epidemic of 1829 and in 1832, it was transferred to management of lighthouses. Leander’s Tower took its current form due to the renovation made in the reign of Mahmut II (1808-39).
You can reach Leander’s Tower by boats departing from Salacak, Ortaköy and in weekends, Kabataş. You can just go there to see its wonderful view or to breathe its mystical atmosphere in its cafeteria that is open in daytime or restaurant in night time