"The Maiden Tower" Maiden's Tower - Kiz Kulesi Tip by Nobbe

Maiden's Tower - Kiz Kulesi, Istanbul: 23 reviews and 42 photos

  The Maiden Tower
by Nobbe

Built on the rocks of the asian shore at the mouth of the Bosphorus Strait, giving sailors a landmark and light for centuries. And here a story I heard while I was there: "A young man named Leander living in the city of Abydos on the southern shore of Canakkale Strait fell in love with the beautiful priestess Hero, and she was with him. Since she was forbidden to marry, Leander visited her secretely every night, swimming across the strait from Abydos to Sestos where Hero lived. So that Leander could find his way in the darkness, Hero carried a torch up to the top of the tower where she lived each night and waited until he arrived. But one stormy night torrential rain extinguished the torch in Hero's hand, and unable to find the right direction, Leander was eventually exhausted by the waves and drowned. At down the next morning Hero saw Leander's ragged shirt in the sea and threw herself into the water. So the two lovers were united at last in death. Many myths and legends bear a similiar resemblance to others, the location changing while the story remain the same.

Directions: The mouth of the Bosphorus Strait
Website: http://www.kizkulesi.com.tr/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 18, 2003
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