Leander’s Tower – Maiden Tower
Kiz Kulesi is a 12th century stone tower erected on a rock at the entrance of the Bosphorus strait by the Byzantine Emperor Manuel Komnenos. The tower, which has served as a prison and a lighthouse in the past, became the source of many legends in ancient days, such as Leander’s or Maiden’s. It’s now open to the public as a cafeteria & elegant restaurant which hosts small concerts and meetings as well. Transportation to the Tower is made by private shuttle boats from both shores of the Bosphorus at certain times of the day.