Maiden´s Tower Entrance with Roundtrip Boat Transfer and Audio Guide

Normal ticket value: €20

Temporarily Closed
Free with Istanbul E-pass

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;
https://goo.gl/maps/1hzr9fUdHnS9P8vw7

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;
https://goo.gl/maps/9mT1xFvvZea25y3a7

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.

 

Important Notes:

  • 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is photography allowed inside the Maiden´s Tower?

    Yes, photography is generally allowed inside the Maiden's Tower. Yet, it's a good idea to check with the staff, if there are any specific restrictions or guidelines.

  • What other attractions are near Maiden´s Tower?

    Istanbul is a city rich in history and landmarks. Nearby attractions include the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, and the Grand Bazaar, among others.

  • Are there any legends or myths associated with the Maiden´s Tower?

    Yes, there are several legends and myths surrounding Maiden's Tower. One of the most famous legends is about a Byzantine princess who was prophesied to die from a snake bite on her 18th birthday. To protect her, her father had the tower built. Yet, despite his efforts, the prophecy came true when a snake hidden in a basket of fruits delivered to the tower bit and killed the princess. Today, visitors can see a statue of the princess inside the tower.

  • Is it possible to go inside Maiden´s Tower?

    Yes, visitors can go inside the Maiden's Tower. It's recently renovated and open to visitors.

  • What are the visiting hours of Maiden´s Tower?

    It is open to visitors every day between 09:00-19:00.

  • How can I reach Maiden´s Tower?

    The tower is situated on a small islet, so it can be accessed by boat only. There are two departure points. One from the European side and the other one from the Asian side of Istanbul. Please see the Hours & Location section for timings.

  • What is the significance of the Maiden´s Tower?

    Maiden's Tower holds historical and cultural significance for Istanbul. It has been a symbol of the city for centuries and has appeared in various myths, legends, and literary works. It is one of the most iconic landmarks of Istanbul and a popular tourist attraction today.

  • What is the history behind Maiden´s Tower?

    The history of Maiden's Tower dates back to ancient times, but the exact date of its construction is uncertain. It is believed to have been built during the Byzantine period, in the 5th century. Over the centuries, it has undergone many renovations under different rulers. Including the Byzantines, the Genoese, and the Ottomans.

  • What is Maiden´s Tower?

    Maiden's Tower, also known as Kiz Kulesi in Turkish, is a historic tower located on a small islet Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul. It has served various purposes throughout its history, including as a lighthouse, a defense fortress, a customs checkpoint, and a quarantine station.

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