The Maiden’s Tower means is Kız Kulesi in Turkish. It is also named as Leander’s Tower since the mediaeval Byzantine times. It is a tower lying on a petty islet situated at the south entry of the İstanbul Bosphorus 200 meters from the shore of Üsküdar in Istanbul.
Even though it isn’t definite as to when the Tower was constructed, its architectural style is told by some sources to be from around 340 BCE.
Its previous names were Damalis and LeandAthens King Kharis’ wife’s name was Damalis. When she died, Damalis was buried on the shore, and the name Damalis was given to the Tower. And the tower was also known during Byzantine period as “arcla” that means “a little castle”
You can also see The Maiden’s Tower from the sea with one of the cruises, such as the Kız Kulesi Bosphorus Tour.
Kız Kulesi (The Maiden’s Tower ) has been used for several different aims over time, like a tax collection zone from merchantman, a defense tower, a lighthouse, etc. For example, throughout the cholera epidemic in 1830, it was used as a quarantine infirmary and radio station. It has undergone renovations and presently functions as a restaurant open to the public owned by a private company.
Nowadays, The Maiden’s Tower is a very popular and classy restaurant and bar. It offers 360-degree views of the İstanbul Bosphorus and the old city, particularly at night. A lot of shuttle vessels are going to the tower at certain times from Salacak (Üsküdar) neighborhood on the Asian side of Istanbul and Kabataş neighborhood on the European side. Also, it is a popular place for summertime weddings. It is closed on Mondays.
Kız Kulesi Bosphorus Tour
To have a wonderful day and see The Maiden’s Tower from the sea, you can contact us for our Kız Kulesi Bosphorus Tour schedules.