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Maiden's Tower

Opens in 24 min: 9:15 am - 6:45 pm
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“asian side”(32 reviews)
“kiz kulesi”(10 reviews)
According to Turkish legend, a princess was locked in this tower to protect her from being bitten by a snake. Over the years the tower has been used as a customs station, lighthouse and a residence for retired naval officers.
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Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 216 342 47 47
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Small, and quite, at a very nice area of the city. Its worth to get into it, and also to watch it from the shore. Evening is recommended for this, with lights looks nicer,and more impressive.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 25ervinr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kiz Kulesi has been for years my favorite location in Istanbul. You get an incredible 360degree view from up there. Visit it during daylight and after the sunset. You will be not disappointed. Take a walk on the coast and drink a coffee or tea....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank esi53
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kız Kulesi is a famous tower on a rock between the European and the Asian shores of the Bosphorus. You can see it from afar when you go on a boat trip, also to the Princes' Islands, e.g. I remember how beautiful it looked in...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Departure811861
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great view of the city. Some reviewers have said a "full view of Istanbul"...frankly the city is so big that you can barely get a full view from an aircraft at 10,000 feet. However, this is a classic Istanbul landmark and worth seeing. The stairwell...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank VincentC97
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Take a short boat ride and go up this Byzantine tower for a great view of both side of the city. If you want a nice evening out, make reservations and stay for dinner.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NKonutgan
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

A very stunning place for dinner, partying, or even quick visit. 3 different stories behind the tower and each one is illustrated on each floor wall separately which make it a unique experience.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank lqo
Reviewed 31 October 2018

It's a must visit to climb up to the top of the tower to see a full view of Istanbul. The view is breath-taking. There are alot of shops beneath the tower as well, which offers many traditional crafts and souvenir.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank shaoweio
Reviewed 15 October 2018

We took one of one hundred charter boats serving this attraction from somewhere close to Kabatas Terminal. It’a nice boat ride even though the sea was rough due to strong winds and some dodging of big boats. The tower is cute with a history behind...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank GoranWembley
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

We visited Kız Kulesi on a Saturday morning. It was busy. Tower itself was interesting and obviously beautifully positioned in the Bosphorus. By far the best thing about it was the view.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Istanbulkiz
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Reservations included free ferry service. The table was beautifully set and the food more than adequate. The service very prompt and friendly. The coffee was delicious! Later, the views and historical information were interesting. Worth taking unforgettable pictures!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Home to more than half a million residents, Uskudar on
the Asian side of the Bosphorus is one of Istanbul’s
most densely populated neighbourhoods. Once a Greek
colony, later a haven for people from across the
Mediterranean and the Middle East, this gateway to
Asia has been an active and diverse hub for eons.
Still, visitors to Uskudar are often more overcome by
its myriad treasures than by its many thousand
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1 August 2018|
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Response from danieljohns1234 |
Thanks natasha but can i go from kabataş to kız kulesı then from kiz kulesı to uskudar sahili
1 August 2018|
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Response from ibrahimi678 | Reviewed this property |
Take bus from Takksim to Besiktas then take the ferry to the other side
2 April 2018|
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Response from BILMARAUS | Reviewed this property |
I believe that the hours are dependent on the season. We were there in winter and the transfer from the shore to the tower was hazardous in the wind and waves. There is a restaurant there and they are more likely to be open... More