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Maiden's Tower (Leander's Tower) Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry with Audio Guide

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Unveiling the Mysteries of Maiden's Tower: A Journey of Legends and Romance

Welcome to the captivating Maiden's Tower, a place shrouded in mythical tales and timeless love stories. Known for its dual names, Maiden's Tower and Leander's Tower, this iconic structure stands as a testament to the power of legends and the enduring spirit of romance. Listen to the specially curated audio guide while discovering this beautiful tower at your own pace. 

Important Notice:

Transportation to the museum was provided from the pier in front of Karaköy Ziraat Bank in order to maintain the Üsküdar, Salacak Coastal arrangement. Boat trips will be carried out half-hourly between 09.30 and 20.00. The boat trip fee is NOT included with the ticket. 

About The Maiden's Tower Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry with Audio Guide

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Open for visitors every day

Due to the works of the Salacak Beach Arrangement, boats are only operational from/to Karaköy in front of Ziraat Bank. 

Boat trips will be carried out half-hourly between 09.30 and 20.00.


Explore the captivating Maiden's Tower with a special discount

Unveil the tragic tales of a king's daughter and the forbidden love of Hero and Leander.

Experience a boat journey to the tower - need to pay 50 TL for each visitor. 

Discover the Maiden's Tower museum and its intriguing exhibits.

Indulge in culinary delights at the tower's romantic café.

Enjoy a complimentary audio guide and museum access with the Istanbul Tourist Pass®

Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of love and history on the island.

An amazing light and laser show on every night at 21:00.


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Maiden's Tower Audio Guide 

The Pearl of Istanbul: Maiden's Tower

Discover the Maiden's Tower, a legendary symbol of love and mystery. Unveil captivating tales of a king's daughter and forbidden romance. Experience a boat journey (additional), explore the museum, and savor culinary delights. Enjoy a complimentary audio guide with the Istanbul Tourist Pass®. Immerse yourself in an enchanting atmosphere on this historic island.

See Istanbul from the Iconic Tower

Experience the magic of Istanbul at the iconic Maiden's Tower. Immerse yourself in centuries-old legends, breathtaking views, and captivating history. Discover the secrets of love and mystery that surround this enchanting tower. Don't miss the chance to visit this must-see destination with its museum, cafe, and stunning panoramic views. Create unforgettable memories at the Maiden's Tower, an essential stop on your Istanbul adventure.

Listen to the Stories and Legends

Maiden's Tower is an iconic landmark of Istanbul with many stories and legends along the known history. So, we have gathered both the historical facts and architectural information about this amazing structure, and stories and legends hidden behind the history. Enjoy your time, without rushing, explore the tower at your own pace. 

Sunset in Istanbul at Its Best

Maiden's Tower, an alluring gem in the Bosphorus, becomes a captivating haven during sunset. As the sun's golden rays reflect off its historic walls, the tower stands as a symbol of romance and mystique. The glimmering waters surrounding the tower create an ethereal setting, making the sunset at Maiden's Tower a truly enchanting moment that blends history and beauty in a single frame.

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Hours & Meeting

The Maiden's Tower is open to visitors every day of the week between 09:00 - 21:00. 

Please reserve your spot 24 hours prior to your visit. 

Boat Departure Times:

You can reach the Maiden's Tower by private boats departing from the Galataport İstanbul piers.

  • Boats departing from the Karaköy Pier and arriving at the Maiden’s Tower are as follows:
  • Every half an hour between 9.30 AM - 21.00 PM

Boat tickets are not included.

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Important Information

  • Reservation is required, please reserve your spot at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Food or beverages are not included.
  • The boat transfer fee is NOT included.
  • Online Ticket Temporarily Not Available

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All About Maiden's Tower Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry with Audio Guide

Istanbul, a city that bridges two continents, is a treasure trove of history, culture, and architectural marvels. One of its most iconic landmarks is the Maiden's Tower, also known as Kız Kulesi in Turkish. Nestled on a small islet at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait, this tower has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, and its history stretches back over two millennia.

As Ancient and Magnificent as Istanbul: The Story of the Maiden's Tower

The origins of the Maiden's Tower can be traced back to 408 BC when the Athenian general Alcibiades constructed a custom station for ships coming from the Black Sea. Over the centuries, it underwent several transformations, serving as a defense tower for the Byzantine emperors and even as a lighthouse to guide ships through the treacherous waters of the Bosphorus.

During the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453, the tower faced destruction but was rebuilt by Sultan Mehmed II. It then became a lighthouse, a quarantine station, and a military base, playing a vital role in the city's maritime history. Today, it stands as a testament to Istanbul's rich heritage and a reminder of its storied past.

Managed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Maiden's Tower is not only a monument but also a museum that offers visitors a glimpse into its fascinating history. Upon entering, you'll find a pastry shop where you can indulge in delicious treats while taking in the stunning views of the city skyline.  Listen to the specially curated audio guide and learn all about the ancient stories behind the walls of this beautiful tower!

Legends about Maiden's Tower

What sets the Maiden's Tower apart is the plethora of legends and stories associated with it. These tales add an air of mystery and intrigue to this already enchanting structure. One such legend tells the story of a Byzantine emperor who built the tower to protect his daughter from a prophesied snake bite on her 18th birthday. Tragically, the prophecy came true, and the princess lost her life, giving rise to the name Maiden's Tower.

Another famous legend is the tale of Hero and Leandros, an ancient Greek myth of two lovers separated by the Hellespont, the strait that separates Europe and Asia. Every night, Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite, would light a fire atop the tower to guide Leandros as he swam across the strait to meet her. However, one stormy night, the fire went out, and Leandros tragically drowned, leading Hero to throw herself from the tower in grief.

These legends, along with others like the story of Battal Gazi, a Muslim warrior, and the tower's association with the expression "Atı alan Üsküdar'ı geçti" (He who takes the horse passes Üsküdar), have woven a rich tapestry of romance, heroism, and history around the Maiden's Tower. All these legends and more are on the free audio guide prepared by the Istanbul Tourist Pass®!

Architecture of Maiden's Tower

The architectural beauty of the Maiden's Tower is equally captivating. Over the centuries, it has undergone various renovations and additions, each reflecting the influences of different eras. From its original wooden structure to the stone fortifications added by the Byzantines, and the subsequent restorations ordered by Ottoman sultans, the tower is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of its builders.

In recent years, the Maiden's Tower underwent a meticulous restoration project to bring it back to its former glory. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in collaboration with a team of experts, utilized advanced technologies and historical research to ensure the tower's authenticity. The restoration addressed structural issues, strengthened the walls, and added earthquake-resistant measures, all while preserving its historical features.

In May 2023, after two years of careful restoration, the Maiden's Tower reopened to the public. A grand celebration marked the occasion, with a captivating light and sound show that showcased the tower's renewed splendor. With its historical integrity restored and modern facilities in place, the tower stands ready to welcome visitors from around the world, offering them a unique experience of history, culture, and breathtaking views of Istanbul.

Legendary Symbol of Istanbul

The Maiden's Tower is more than just a tower on the sea; it is a symbol of Istanbul's rich heritage and a testament to the resilience of the city throughout the ages. Its legends and stories, its architectural beauty, and its panoramic vistas make it an unmissable destination for anyone visiting Istanbul. Whether you're drawn to its history, intrigued by its legends, or simply captivated by its enchanting presence, the Maiden's Tower promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the city's ancient and magnificent charm.

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Maiden's Tower Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry with Audio Guide Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Maiden's Tower?

The Maiden's Tower, also known as Leander's Tower, is a historic tower located on a small islet at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey. It is famous for its fascinating legends and rich history that spans over two millennia.

How can I reach the Maiden's Tower?

Transportation to the museum was provided from the pier in front of Karaköy Ziraat Bank in order to maintain the Üsküdar, Salacak Coastal arrangement.

What can I expect to find at the Maiden's Tower?

At the Maiden's Tower, you will find a museum that showcases its intriguing history, including exhibits and artifacts. Additionally, there is a romantic café where you can indulge in delicious cuisine while enjoying stunning 360-degree views.

Are there any legends associated with the Maiden's Tower?

Yes, the Maiden's Tower is steeped in legends. The most famous ones include the story of a king's daughter protected from a snake bite and the tragic love story of Hero and Leander.

Is the Maiden's Tower included in the Istanbul Tourist Pass®?

Yes, the Istanbul Tourist Pass® includes access to the Maiden's Tower museum. With the pass, you can conveniently explore this historical landmark with a free audio guide.

What are the visiting hours for the Maiden's Tower?

The Maiden's Tower is open every day from 09:00 to 20:00. You have ample time to plan your visit and fully enjoy the experience at your own pace.

What makes the Maiden's Tower a must-visit attraction in Istanbul?

The Maiden's Tower is not only a historic landmark but also a place filled with legends, panoramic views, and a charming atmosphere. Its captivating stories, fascinating museum, and scenic cafe make it an essential destination.

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