Istanbul E-pass includes Maiden's Tower Entrance ticket with roundtrip boat transfer and Audio Guide. Simply scan your QR code at the port and get in.
Maiden's Tower is closed to visits until March 1st, 2024 due to renovations.
Discover the Enchanting Maiden's Tower in Istanbul
If you're planning a trip to Istanbul, one place you shouldn't miss is the captivating Maiden's Tower, also known as Kiz Kulesi in Turkish. Situated on a small islet in the Bosphorus Strait, this iconic structure is steeped in history and legend, making it a worth-visit destination for tourists and locals alike.
A Brief History of Maiden's Tower
The Maiden's Tower has a rich history dating back to ancient times. The tower served as a watchtower during the Byzantine Empire, protecting the city from potential threats. Over the centuries, it transformed into a lighthouse and customs checkpoint. Guiding ships through the bustling waters of the Bosphorus.
The Legend of Leander and Hero
One of the most enchanting legends associated with the tower is the tragic love story of Leander and Hero. According to the tale, Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite, lived in the tower and fell in love with Leander. Every night, he would swim across the treacherous waters of the Bosphorus to be with her. But, one stormy night, tragedy struck, and Leander drowned. Heartbroken, Hero took her own life. Today, the tower stands as a tribute to their eternal love.
Stunning Views and Iconic Architecture
Visiting the Maiden's Tower offers visitors an opportunity to marvel at its unique architecture. The tower has gone through several renovations and restorations over the years. Still maintaining its beauty and historical significance. From the top of the tower, you will be rewarded. With breathtaking panoramic views of the city's skyline, the amazing Bosphorus, and the majestic Marmara Sea.
The Final Word
The Maiden's Tower is a true gem in Istanbul, captivating visitors with its history, legends, and stunning views. Immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of this iconic landmark, and create.
You can reach the Maiden's Tower by taking a short boat ride from either the Asian or European sides of Istanbul.
Hours & Meeting
Galataport Istanbul Location;
Timetable for boats from Galataport Istanbul as below;
11:00 / 12.30 / 14.15 / 15.30 / 17.00
Note: The boat that departs at 17.00 is not returning back to Galataport Istanbul! It returns to Uskudar Port (Asian side)
Uskudar – Salacak Pier, Maiden’s Tower ticket office location;
Boats are departing from the Uskudar-Salacak Pier at Maiden's Tower ticket office between 09:00 - 19:00. Every 30 minutes, every day of the week.
Simply scan your QR code at port entrance and get in.
Maiden's Tower Istanbul visit takes around 60 minutes.
There may be queue at the port for boat.
Photo ID will be asked from child Istanbul E-pass holders.
Please check boat departure times and be at port minimum 15 minutes before
The boat that departs at 17.00 is not returning back to Galataport Istanbul!