A view of sunset monochrome Maiden's Tower in Üsküdar District of Şehr-i İstanbul, Turkey in winter season. The ancient tower in 1995 was rented by Hamoğlu Holding Company from the Ministry of Tourism for 49 years, the renovation process has begun. Now there is a beautiful restaurant/cafe which serves in daytime, evening and also for wedding and special events.

Actually the idea of privatization of the tower was not a new matter of issue. At the end of 19th century, on a newspaper with a publish date of April 1st, 1880, it was announced that the tower would be turned to be a structure consisting of catering facilities. In the “Nouvelles du Jour” (daily news) section of the newspaper named; La Turquie, it was mentioned that an Englishman was solicitous to rent Maiden’s Tower for 12 years and operate that “Byzantine monument as a hotel featuring restaurant and café.”

There are many legends about this beautiful tower. One of the most popular Turkish Legends is Princess Legend that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. Once upon a time, a soothsayer makes the prediction to the King that his daughter will die as a result of a snakebite. Thereupon, the King has a castle built in the sea in order to protect his daughter. Time passes and the girl grows up in the castle. However, the prediction made by the soothsayer was inevitably comes true as a snake hiding a fruit basket carried to the princess bites and kills her.

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