Hg2 : The Hedonist

Kiz Kulesi

One of Istanbul’s most famous landmarks is Kiz Kulesi, the Maiden’s Tower, but better known in the English-speaking world as Leander’s Tower. The latter name refers to the old Greek legend of Leander who died swimming to see his beautiful lover, Hero. It’s also familiar to many visitors as the watery prison that M is incarcerated in at the end of the Bond film, The World is Not Enough. In any case, the building – bobbing in the Bosphorus just offshore of Üsküdar – is actually a small, squat tower, built during the last century, which has done nothing more heroic than serve as a lighthouse. Nevertheless, it’s a nice place to sip tea and contemplate the views. Shuttle boats leave every hour from the ferry terminals of Kabata in European Istanbul and Salacak on the Asian shore.

The Maiden's Tower,
+90 212 342 4747
Opening Times
daily, 9am-6.45pm
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