Kızkulesi, the Maiden’s Tower, is located on a small islet on the Bosphorus, 150-200 metres off the shore of the Salacak district in Üsküdar. Apart from its history, this 2500-year-old tower has been the subject of many legends. The tower often mistakenly named Leander’s Tower in reference to the legend of Hero and Leander. The Maiden’s Tower has been used for many different purposes over time, such as a tax collection area frommerchantman, a defence tower, and a lighthouse. It has undergone renovations and presently functions as a restaurant and a café open to the public owned by a private company.

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