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    Also known in the ancient Greek and medieval Byzantine periods as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros), sits on a small islet located at the southern entrance of Bosphorus strait 200 m (220 yd) off the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey. 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. 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

    dtsortanidis, hasretsenfonileri, and 16 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. dtsortanidis 37 months ago | reply

      fantastic capture !

    2. ertugrulincel 37 months ago | reply

      güzel tonlama !

    3. TaTò 37 months ago | reply

      Magnifico lavoro!

    4. Andrea '73 37 months ago | reply

      grande cattura...

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    5. hasretsenfonileri 37 months ago | reply

      harika bir görüntü.. ve harika bir gün!!

    6. kuytu 37 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your comments.


    7. debcronem 37 months ago | reply

      what a beauty

    8. fox shots 37 months ago | reply

      Wonderful and mysterious.

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    9. antonio miralles 37 months ago | reply

      Good composition , i like

    10. CK_Expresso 37 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture!

    11. kuytu 37 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your nice comments.

    12. W_i_l_s_o_n 36 months ago | reply

      instant classic... great shot mate

    13. Saoirse Fitzpatrick [deleted] 36 months ago | reply

      Such a beautiful photo, love the silhouettes.

    14. Kor@y 33 months ago | reply

      Şiir gibi bir fotoğraf olmuş...

    15. 33 months ago | reply

      Very nice shot! congrats...

      Thank you very much for sharing!

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      Really Good!

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