About 200 meters from the shore of Üsküdar, the Maiden's Tower stands alone in the Bosphorus. This rocky beach was used as a landing place in ancient Athens. In the Byzantine Empire, a chain was stretched between the tower and the other side of the strait to prevent enemies from entering. During the Ottoman Empire, the tower became a watchtower and later a lighthouse and quarantine station, watching over ships passing through the straits. Today, the tower is a restaurant and a popular spot for tourists to enjoy the beautiful sunset view.
Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, is located where Asia and Europe face each other on the Bosphorus Strait. Due to its geographical importance, the city has developed as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. The city is lined with historical buildings reflecting the culture and religion of each era, and is enveloped in a unique atmosphere. From the magnificent mosques to the labyrinthine bazaars, from traditional hammams to a wide variety of culinary delights, you will never run out of things to do during your stay.