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Sunday, October 15, 2006
Maiden’s Tower
K is not the type of guy that calls several times a day to talk to me. He’s quite the opposite, I am the one who needs to hear him more. Therefore, I was quite surprised when he called, the second time that day. I picked up the phone thinking there’s something important for me to know.

It was, in a way. He told me to change channels and watch AXN. It was the Amazing Race and the teams were going to Istanbul. More than that, they were going to a specific place where we had been together: Kız Kulesi of Maiden’s Tower. Dating back from 341 BC, in 410 BC it became a customs area on the Bosphorous, but the tower on this structure was built only in 1110. In 1719 it was burnt down by a fire and then repaired in 1725.

More history and photo from here.

Presently it hosts a restaurant, a coffee/tea small shop and you can see a huge part of Istanbul from up top. You can only get there by small boats, which makes it seem quite a world in its own. When I was there, I had a hot chocolate which I quite enjoyed while looking at the sea and the city.

There are quite a few legends about the tower. One of the most famous is that of a princess locked here by her father to protect her from a prophecy that stated she would die on her 18th birthday. On that very day, she was brought a fruit basket and was killed by a snake which had managed to get inside.

I watched the show, seeing people running around Kız Kulesi and looking for clues and gnomes. And I thought to myself: too bad you do not have the time to enjoy it!

Tags: Travel, Tourism, Travel Destinations, Istanbul, Turkey, Kız Kulesi

posted by Alina @ 9:44 AM  
12 Comments:
  • At 10/15/2006 1:11 PM, Anonymous Shirazi said…

    What a legend! There seem to more to this tower than what meets the eye.

     
  • At 10/15/2006 4:13 PM, Blogger Cristina Banu said…

    I am impressed by the view in the picture and I can only imagine that the landscape is seen very nice from the tower. It looks a bit similar to the White Tower in Thessaloniki from where you could view the entire city and sea. It is placed on a street full of cafes and bars, one next to each other, welcoming turists and Greeks looking for relaxing moments.

     
  • At 10/15/2006 6:46 PM, Blogger Pecos Blue said…

    Sounds very nice and a great place to see and relax. nice gesture from K too.

     
  • At 10/15/2006 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nice to see you are always on his mind. I really wish some day I can go to Turkey may be if I did I can look you up 8D

     
  • At 10/16/2006 5:05 AM, Blogger Rose said…

    The Amazing Race contestants have an opportunity to visit so many beautiful places but you are right, they don't get a chance to enjoy it nor witness the places' beauty.

     
  • At 10/16/2006 9:41 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    This is only one of the legends, Shi. What they all have in common is a maiden being located here.

    Yes, Cris, the view is amazing. Unfortunately, the pictures I took here are from the 1 GB that was misteriously lost between the camera and the computer...What about the White Tower? Any interesting legends?

    Yes, a great place to relax and enjoy the view. And K can be very sweet at times.

    Sarah, yeah, nice thing to realize. And yes, if we get to move to Turkey until you come visit, you can drop by anytime :D

    Rose, I do envy them in a way because they have the chance to be in so many amazing places. But just running by everything is not something to be envious of. I am sure their whole race in Turkey was nothing compared to the week I spent there.

     
  • At 10/17/2006 9:22 AM, Blogger the olive ream said…

    What an interesting post...but then you're always coming up with original content.

    Always such a pleasure to read your blog Alina. I shall go peruse your photoblog now. cheers!

     
  • At 10/17/2006 9:24 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Thanks so much...Well not as original as yours, but I try :)

     
  • At 10/18/2006 5:53 AM, Blogger Naomi said…

    I, too, find the legend fascinating. You make a great travel and history writer! I love your interesting stories.

     
  • At 10/18/2006 8:11 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Thanks Naomi (blush), sometimes you are too kind

     
  • At 10/21/2006 3:03 AM, Blogger LouLou said…

    Alina,

    You should think about writing a travel book. Love both the descriptions and the photos you do.:)

    On a somewhat unrelated topic have you read Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific"?

     
  • At 10/21/2006 8:15 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Thank you Lou, maybe later I will be able to do that :)

    As for the book, no I have not, but will search for it!Thanks for the recommendation.

     
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