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KIz Kulesi, Istanbul

#13 of 246 in Historic Sites in Istanbul
Observation Deck · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
KIz Kulesi represents a place shrouded in history and legend. The most popular story says that the tower at the southern entrance of the Bosporus was built by an emperor as a sanctuary for his daughter, whose death was prophesized by an oracle. In fact, the original structure dates back to the 12th century, when it was built to house one side of the famous chain system used by the Byzantines to close off the entrance to the strait. Today it houses a cafe and restaurant, and is a well-known landmark that has appeared on everything from the Turkish banknotes to James Bond movies. Small boats that take you to the tower regularly depart from the city's Asian coast. Make KIz Kulesi part of your personalized Istanbul itinerary using our Istanbul trip builder website.
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  • There is nothing inside. It is more enjoyable to watch from the seaside. However, if you want to go, it is expensive. It's even more pleasant to watch in the evening, grab your coffee and spend hours.  more »
  • Amazing beautiful unique .just you should go to understand why I mean . Perfect memory , .such a nice lovely place . Unbelievable  more »

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