A classical from İstanbul ; Maiden's Tower.
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 strait. Back then the tower was located between the ancient cities of Byzantion and Chrysopolis. The tower was later enlarged and rebuilt as a fortress by the Byzantine emperor Alexius Comnenus in 1110 AD, and was restored and slightly modified several times by the Ottoman Turks, most significantly in 1509 and 1763. The most recent facelift was made in 1998. Steel supports were added around the ancient tower as a precaution after the 17 August 1999 earthquake.
Used as a lighthouse for centuries, the interior of the tower has been transformed into a popular café and restaurant, with an excellent view of the former Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman capital. Private boats make trips to the tower several times a day.
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 prophetised that she would be stung to death by a venomous snake's bite 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 after 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 sumptouous 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 amongst the fruits bites the young princess and she dies 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.
Boğaziçi güzellemelerinin üçüncüsü Bir İstanbul klasiği : Kız kulesi.
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ikeharel (72131) 2013-05-22 9:41
Good evening Mesut,
Magnificent tower built in ancient time on the mid-waterway on the Bosphorus.
It was renovated but the old style remain intact.
Town backdrop's and two big vessels are a fine complementary subject to the marvelous view.
jemaflor (97979) 2013-05-22 10:46
Classical view but with a good pov and a greta light, Beautiful tower and blue Bosphorus.
Gigidusud (21151) 2013-05-22 11:12
Beautiful picture of this splendid tower in mid the sea. Well done!
cornejo (42907) 2013-05-22 11:17
Hello Mesut, very good picture of this interesting tower with the city in the background. Very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this good work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of week.
Best regards from southern Spain.
umutlu101 (13629) 2013-05-22 11:36
güzelim istanbuldan güzelim bir kizkulesi
danos (98427) 2013-05-22 12:44
really this is one of the most known constructions of Bosphorus,the Maiden's tower.I like the brilliant light of the image as enhance the vivid colours of the scene.Excellent the clarity as the sharpness too.
Fis2 (98503) 2013-05-22 13:20
Wonderful view, beautiful tower.
Excellent colors and sharpness.
Very impressive picture!
emka (98706) 2013-05-22 23:26
Interesting legend related with this tower. Like very often, the sultan believed and in the same time didn't believe in oracle, did everything to avoid the prophecy and made it possible. Beautiful view, interesting with the big cruisers but in fact I would prefer the view without them. Fantastic colours and sharpness.
I am back home after very long trip only a few days ago but I think already about the Istanbul meeting. I am never saturated :).
arnie (1805) 2013-05-23 2:21
A truly classic shot, Leanders Tower, with Galata Kulesi in the background, very nice POV.
jhm (153674) 2013-05-23 2:46
You wrote me about the Bosphorus, indeed this is a very nice image.
We see a very well activity with Crouse ships, also a nice old building with Turkish flag.
Excellent perspective and depth image.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
josepmarin (58359) 2013-05-23 7:02
Merhaba, my friend Mesut,
a splendid view of the Maiden's Tower, with the wonderful city of Istanbul in background, which you have caught in a sharp image with a good management of the field depth.
I like to see the Galata Tower and the whiteness of the cruise ships too.
I will enjoy personally again this gorgeous beauty in September.
holmertz (53434) 2013-05-23 11:46
Oh, what contrasts between the huge ferries and the small tourist boats by the Kız kulesi. Those ferries are so big they almost make Istanbul look small. I like how you managed to include the Galata tower just beside the Maiden's tower.
mkamionka (37177) 2013-05-23 12:38
I remember this tower from other photos. Great spot and showed here in an interesting way surrounded by the huge cruise ships behind. I dream about visiting this photogenic place one day.
Thanks for sharing,
Buin (42466) 2013-05-25 11:56
Das ist ein rundum gelungener Beitrag - interessant in Bild und Text! Im Bild springt vor allem der Kontrast zwischen diesem altehrwürdigen Leuchtturm und den schneeweißen Kreuzfahrt-Kolossen im Hintergrund ins Auge.
Dort zu sitzen lässt bestimmt keine Langeweile aufkommen ...
Grüße aus dem kalten und sehr nassen Deutschland. 0°C heute morgen!
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-05-25 19:52
A classic to be sure, Mesut, but I'll never tire of seeing it! Excellent framing between the two cruise ships and with the city stretched out behind it. Thanks!
Didi (60588) 2013-05-26 11:46
Salam Mesut Bey
Very nice view good sharp picture
You should try the panoramic large version views
fds (9388) 2013-05-29 12:09
dear friend mesut i licke very much this picture with the old tower over the bosphurus
i licke very much the blu sea and the great boat
very beautiful colors and very nice scharpnees
great schot dear friend good night
- Copyright: Mesut Ilgim (mesutilgim) (95378)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-14
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, 2GB Sandisk Ultra II
- Exposure: f/4.6, 1/161 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-22 9:35