One of the clasical icons of Istanbul.
History : Maiden's Tower was first built by the ancient Athenian general Alcibiades in 408 BC to control the movements of the Persian ships in the Bosphorus.
Legend : There are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location. According to the most popular Turkish legend, a sultan had a much beloved daughter. One day, an oracle prophesied that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. The sultan, in an effort to thwart his daughter's early demise by placing her away from land so as to keep her away from any snakes, had the tower built in the middle of the Bosphorus to protect his daughter until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father.
On the 18th birthday of the princess, the sultan brought her a basket of exotic sumptuous fruits as a birthday gift, delighted that he was able to prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into the basket, however, an asp that had been hiding among the fruit bit the young princess and she died in her father's arms, just as the oracle had predicted. Hence the name Maiden's Tower.
The older name Leander's Tower comes from another story about a maiden: the ancient Greek myth of Hero and Leander. Hero was a priestess of Aphrodite who lived in a tower at Sestos, at the edge of the Hellespont (Dardanelles). Leander (Leandros), a young man from Abydos on the other side of the strait, fell in love with her and would swim every night across the Hellespont to be with her. Hero would light a lamp every night at the top of her tower to guide his way.
Succumbing to Leander's soft words, and to his argument that Aphrodite, as goddess of love, would scorn the worship of a virgin, Hero allowed him to make love to her. This routine lasted through the warm summer. But one stormy winter night, the waves tossed Leander in the sea and the breezes blew out Hero's light, and Leander lost his way, and was drowned. Hero threw herself from the tower in grief and died as well. The name Maiden's Tower might also have its origins in this ancient story.
Due to the vicinity and similarity between the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, Leander's story was attributed to the tower by the ancient Greeks and later the Byzantines.
Today : There is a restaurant in the first floor and a café at the top of the tower. It is very popular place for marriage proposal :)
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mauro61 (52855) 2012-03-14 1:18
luci che escono dal primo buio della sera e immagine ben composta tenendo molto bene le luci, cosa assai difficile in questo genere di foto,
Robert1969 (7160) 2012-03-14 1:29
Paris has his Eifel Tower and Istanbul has
his Maiden Tower.
The picture has a very good composition
and light management and the light on the
beautiful tower is a very nice extra.
Zengi001 (2739) 2012-03-14 1:38
Ortadaki sıcak kuşak çok güzel olmuş. Termal kamera görüntüsü gibi adeta, tebrikler,
lousat (85018) 2012-03-14 1:39
A spectacular moment,a spectacular place and a spectacular blue hour,this is a magnificent work my friend,a very professional camera settings whit the best time of exposure and light balance to take at the best the colors and the details of this magic situation.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
mohammad_H (9804) 2012-03-14 1:50
Nice special effects to the image data field in the water. Horizontal viewing angle and clear yellow in the appropriate box and pretty much good it patented.
all the best
papagolf21 (93020) 2012-03-14 1:54
Bonjour, cher Atilgan,
Voilà une photographie réussie. J'aime l'ambiance générale qui se dégage de cette composition.
Le ciel est de toute beauté. Le sujet principal est parfaitement mis en vedette.
dta (72901) 2012-03-14 2:04
Hello Altigan ,
An excellnt capture at the blue hour . And a choice of centering that works well , in this case .
Gigidusud (18655) 2012-03-14 2:18
Beautiful composition on blue hour with nice colors and light.
Thanks for sharing.
delpeoples (56000) 2012-03-14 2:19
Merhaba dear Atilgan
Mammamia, how beautiful. We have not seen many nocturnal photos from you, and I hope to see many more. This is an excelent quality. Sensational colours, exposition and sharpness. I love it, congratulations.
pajaran (56510) 2012-03-14 2:23
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa lepom pricom, i istorijom kule ...
Dobar trenutak snimka kule osvetljene lampama i prikaz, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija i postignuti efekat dugom ekspozicijom.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Kulenin güzel bir hikaye ve tarihi ile çok ilginç ve iyi bir metin ...
Kulenin kayıt İyi zaman lambaları yanar ve güzel renklerle görüntüler.
İyi bileşimi ve etkisi uzun pozlama ile elde etti.
, Güzel ve başarılı günler tüm iyi.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-03-14 2:24
a picturesque blue hour photo with attractive composition and amazing lights, the POV is excellent, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
ChrisJ (107039) 2012-03-14 2:57
It's purely subjective, but I might try a workshop using the rule of thirds. Nothing much wrong at all with this image 'as is' Love the colour, sharpness & reflections here. Tfs!
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-03-14 5:47
Very impressive capture!! i really like these tones of sky colors and the extremely good light management! dificult but sooo effective! superb shot my friend..very well done
tedesse (25133) 2012-03-14 5:54
Fantastic panorama of the Istanbul, perfect POV.
Splendid lighting, beautiful colours.
Cricri (113509) 2012-03-14 6:10
J'ai bien aimée votre nom avec les légendes et au sujet de la tour
Tout comme la prise de la tour au moment du coucher du soleil,les lumières et les couleurs, très belle présentation
chrisostomou (568) 2012-03-14 6:10
great night shot..managed excellently..beautiful vivid colors, light management , sharpness and clarity very nice composition!
Sergiom (70454) 2012-03-14 6:12
Une photo à l'heure bleu très bien réalisée du point de vue technique et les couleurs sont merveilleuses.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-03-14 6:36
a striking composition, full of layered colours and light that look so beautiful. Excellent clarity and sharpness with flawless light management. A quality image and first class presentation.
Regards - Brian.
guld (1042) 2012-03-14 6:39
Hello! Beautiful colors. Great narrative. Nixe shot. Congrats.
bayno (18344) 2012-03-14 6:46
beautiful blue hour, the light is wonderful and orange tones are gorgeous, perfect management of light and a nice silky sea...
JFS (32459) 2012-03-14 7:45
Wow, what a magical shot! Crystal clear image, fascinating colors and light, lots of details...Thanks for your very interesting note.
Hasta luego amigo,
robmal (2018) 2012-03-14 7:49
This is great night cityscape shot with interesting architecture and perfect sharpness and details, well done.
Best regards Robert.
jurek1951 (42196) 2012-03-14 8:53
Really wonderful colours,perfect exposure and great details.Nice perspective,
ikeharel (65079) 2012-03-14 10:20
Good evening Atilgan,
The illuminated tower stand in excelent contrast to the darkened surrounding.
Well managed night shot, clear and sharp.
lpi (4857) 2012-03-14 10:48
Une superbe composition avec de très belles couleurs.
Une jolie atmosphère se dégage de ta photo.
dip (23888) 2012-03-14 12:32
wonderful shot at blue hour,very good lighting and beautiful colors!
thanks for sharing,
bona (13632) 2012-03-14 14:05
beautiful photo. The sky has pretty colors and the old tower (that seem new) has a nice light, that make it glow over the rest of the seascape.
siolaw (38292) 2012-03-14 21:10
I like the warm/cold colour contrast here with nice deep blues and superb sky.
The subject itself is also a noteworthy building! Maybe a bit central but works well anyhow with such colours and view!
kordinator (20333) 2012-03-15 2:00
Great blue hour composition.
I like a lot colors all over undr difficult light.
Fantastic maim motive this Maiden Tower.
siudzi (34141) 2012-03-15 3:13
This is superb shot taken during a blue hour! Love the lighting effect and incredible saturation. Very well done. Thanks for sharing.
Derya (919) 2012-03-15 4:59
..ne çok severim burayı..
ne zaman istanbul' a gitsem, beni buraya bir kere bile götürmediniz diye sitem ederdim etrafımdakilere..
sonra gerçekten mutlu olduğum günlerden birine denk geldi burayı ziyaretim.. kendi güzel, hatırlattıkları güzel..Kız kulesi..
Sonata11 (33717) 2012-03-15 6:03
Your father was right about camera. This picture is stunningly beautiful and you show us spectacular place at blue hour. Fantastic color of sky. Wonderfully executed image with fabulous photographic ability. Awesome shot !!!"Congratulation. Exvellent work.
All the best,
sacimar (26205) 2012-03-15 9:30
this is an excellent night shot, the light management is perfect and the composition is beautiful with the construction in the center, well done,
TRB (13974) 2012-03-15 12:22
merhaba Atılgan Bey,
Gördüğüm Kız Kulesi fotoğraflarından en güzeli diyebilirim.Çekim kalitesi çok yüksek.Renkleri, netliği ve gün batımı renkleri ve mavinin uyumu ile enfes bir sunum.Çok uzatmadan tek kelime ile mükemmel dersem, siz beni anlarsınız:))
photoray (13725) 2012-03-15 13:26
A romantic mystical tower surrounded in deep blues and water with a sunset glow.
I have never seen you classical river island tower before, and it is certainly impressive, for your detailing.
Kitty_the_Wild (1169) 2012-03-15 13:44
Sad story but wonderful colors. You managed very well the different shadows of the night, and the light.
pedram_abazari (971) 2012-03-15 14:21
عکس زیبا و جالبی است .
رنگ بسیار خوبی دارد و دریا بسیار زیبا است .
golus (2893) 2012-03-15 14:37
Kız Kulesi çok bilindik bir fotografik ikon. Tercih ettiğin kompozisyon da klasik olmakla beraber, fark yaratan şey, olağanüstü güzellik ve etkideki renk, derinlik ve keskinlik. Çok beğendim. Selamlar,
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-03-15 15:40
Hi my friend
Good combination with color to Contreras and excellent
aliabazari (16091) 2012-03-15 23:34
The tower in the middle of the beautiful sea. High-contrast colors. Well done.
Thanks for sharing.
danos (92458) 2012-03-16 2:14
nice the nocturne shot with the colour tints of the ssky to are captured superb.I like the the excellent light and colour management of the presented Maiden's tower,with the visiting in its restaurant to be a great experience.
Have a good day,Danos
REZA_V (700) 2012-03-16 3:02
Angle is excellent. Lighting color transparency is good.
sacavem (18620) 2012-03-16 4:52
Very good colour, contrast and definition. Excellent overexposing.
jhm (146546) 2012-03-16 5:16
You shows us very well one of the clasical icons of Istanbul.
Nice taken during blue hour, with fantastic enlightenment.
Sharpness and clarity be perfect.
Presentation and your nota is excellent
Very well composition and soft colors.
jemaflor (91165) 2012-03-16 9:35
A tower very photogenic, well taken at night with these lights and also with reflections on water, lovely colors, tfs.
vasilpro (41187) 2012-03-16 9:37
Wonderful composition from an excellent POV with lovely light and warm colors, beautiful blue hour atmosphere, very good clarity and sharpness, interesting architecture on that ancient tower, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-03-16 13:17
This time you surpassed yourrself. The result of this picture is really wonderful. It's already add to my favorites. Quality work.
Have a great WE,
agulberk (3794) 2012-03-16 13:30
Merhaba Atılgan Bey.
Harika bir bakış açısı ve fevkalade bir renk harmonisi.
Herşeyiyle dört dörtlük.Elinize sağlık.
ruisc_pt (10892) 2012-03-16 16:10
I'm wandering why you "put the subject right in the center?) breaking the rules,,
Normally when that happen sthe photographer has a "leitmotiv" but no here,,,
I hope I've made myself clear..
bukitgolfb301 (38492) 2012-03-16 17:51
Hi MARHABA my dear Atilgan
How are you? Sorry for my late reaction.
First of all, I have to say thank you very much for your warm and sincere support for us, Japanese this time. We are very happy and also encouraged to go forward by many friends all over the world like you.
We have to certify the clear result for this coming one year, we should do and we hope to do so.
This is another wonderful shot!
So fantastic and gorgeous image with impressive color and light managemnet. Timely posting to see in the morning of wekend. Perfect balance and framework are as usual as your trade mark.
Thanks for your sharinig with finest posting and have a good Saturday!
Takero from again rainy Tokyo
berek (45329) 2012-03-16 23:34
geç cevap için özür . seni hatırlamaz olurmuyum. bizler bu TE nin ilk kurucuları sayılırız. umarım herşey yolunda ve keyfin yerindedir. bazen kahvaltılar yapıyoruz sana bilgi veririm .. fotografa gelince koyu mavi harika . eline sağlık.
mkamionka (33579) 2012-03-17 2:00
beautiful photo, very impressive. You have well selected the perfect timing of the blue hour which produced amazing colors. The processing emphasized the effect even more and made it literally eye catching.
I like the full symmetry, very interesting effect.
francio64 (39784) 2012-03-17 12:01
cielo molto nitido e belle sfumature di colore che finiscono nella silhouette della città.
Bello l'edificio al centro che con la sua illuminazione, spicca imponenete nella scena.
Il mare in FG dà profondità all'immagine.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2012-03-17 23:41
A lovely blue hour image from Istanbul! THe colors are beautifully exposed as well as the whole scenery. I guess it would be really nice to see a smooth sea though, it would've been stunning. Nevertheless, a beautiful and captivating post.
Silvio1953 (133618) 2012-03-18 8:55
Ciao Altigan, fascinating blue hour, splendid light and fantastic warm colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
danyy (0) 2012-03-19 3:16
très jolies couleurs, un moment bien choisi dans la journée pour valoriser le ciel mais aussi les éclairages artificiels. Malgré le sombre de la scène, pas mal de détails sont visibles.
batalay (37433) 2012-03-19 7:46
Muhtesem bir fotograf, ve bol malûmatli bir not ile dört dörtlük bir paket sunmussunuz. Benim bildigim bir de güney de Mersin'e yakin bir Kiz Kalesi vardir, ve yilan hikayesi oralara hitab eder. Fakat, siz tabii daha bilirsiniz. Bir simetrik fotograf olarak bu çok iyi olmus, fakat Chris Jules'in ws de tabii kabul edilebilir.
Sevgi ve selamlar,
ourania (38816) 2012-03-19 10:46
the view of the tower at such a special hour of the day is fascinating. The splendidly lit tower has a mesmerising backdrop of lovely deep colours and city lights. I like very much the contrast of the colours and the lights as well as the reflection on the sea. The wonderful. romantic atmosphere is enhanced by the legends in your notes. Well done and thank you!
All the best,
serp2000 (42480) 2012-03-20 9:40
Just a masterpiece... My congrats, Atilgan. It reminds me a lighthouse in Antalia. Outstanding night composition, good exposure! TFS!
Nard (6972) 2012-03-20 12:12
Wonderful blue hour picture merging cold and warm colors. I like how the water looks like the sky and the orange layer in the middle cuting the picture. Istambul seems also very beautiful by night.
nikkitta (17064) 2012-03-21 18:54
Interesting and informative note for a wonderful "blue hour " capture
Great management of light to show the sky, water and the tower and its reflections
Beautiful BG also
Congrats and TFS
Nice place to have a drink, it seems
- Copyright: ATILGAN CAVLI (cavli) (1876)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-08-28
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Nikkor 18-55mm.
- Exposure: f/11, 2 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-14 1:16
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