"Kiz Kulesi (Leander's Tower - Maiden Tower)" Kiz Kulesi - Maiden's Tower Tip by hekate

  Kiz Kulesi (Leander's Tower - Maiden Tower)
by hekate

When you go by a ferry from the Asiian to the European side or vice versa you will most probably go near to this tower. The so called Maiden's Tower. All I knew about it that there was a legend about a sultan who was trying to protect his loving daughter from a spell. So, now I am back I decided to look up for some more info and put it here for you.

So, here is the result:

The Byzantine emperor Manuel Comnene (1143-1180) had two towers built, one on the shore where Topkapi Palace was later constructed, and the other where the Maiden's Tower stands today. Chains were drawn across the mouth of the strait between these two towers when Istanbul was attacked by enemy fleets. Sultan Mehmet II conquered Istanbul in 1453 and used these chains to enforce tax collection of ships passing from the Black Sea to Europe. There have been various changes over the centuries as a result of repairs and fires, and Kiz Kulsei was extensively renovated during the reign of Mahmud II when it took the form we see today.


1 Option :)
The oldest story surrounds a young man named Leander who was drowned while swimming to reach to his lover Hera, a priestess who lived in the tower. Upon learning the fate of Leander, Hera threw herself into the water and so the two lovers were united at last in death.

2 Option :)
An emperor was told by a fortune teller that his daughter would perish by a snake bite. So, he put his beautiful daughter in the tower for security, but as fate would have it, a snake arrived in a basket of fruit and caused her tragic end.

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2005
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