Maiden’s Tower, where the Sultan meant to kept his daughter safe…
Maiden’s Tower is an old building that stands in the middle of the Marmara Sea, close to Uskudar, and can only be reached via small boats either from Uskudar or Kabatas… You can see almost all of Istanbul when standing at the top of the Tower. It is especially beautiful on sunsets, when the weather is clear. And if you get a little tired from all that sights, you can always go downstairs to the restaurant.
The legend states that during the Ottoman days, an oracle had foreseen that the Sultan’s beloved daughter would die of a bite from a poisonous snake, before she reached the age of 18. So the Sultan did all the arrangements and sent her to live in the Maiden’s Tower to protect her from this prophecy. However, on her 18th birthday, the Sultan sent her a box of fruits and the prophecy came true when she was bitten by a snake that came from a box of grapes…
There are legends even prior to that, but what makes the Tower very special to me is neither the legends nor the views.
The first time I went there (with my boy friend), I couldn’t help but think out loud: How romantic it would be to get married here. When you sit at the restaurant, the 2nd floor looks like it would be marvelous for a bride to look down to all the guests and feel special. So the second time we went there, he went down on one knee and proposed… We did not get married there, but it is also possible to have a weekday wedding if you really want something special :)
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