Kız Kulesi

sights / Architecture

Kız Kulesi information

Location
Istanbul , Turkey
Getting there
Ferry: Üsküdar
Metro: Üsküdar
Prices
adult/student ₺20/10
Opening hours
9am-6.45pm
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İstanbul is a maritime city, so it's appropriate that one of its most distinctive landmarks is on the water. The tower is open to the public during the day as a café-restaurant. Small boats run from Salacak to the island every 15 minutes between 9am and 6.45pm. Unfortunately, the views from the island aren't great and the tower itself isn't very interesting inside.

In ancient times a predecessor of the current 18th-century structure was used as a tollbooth and defence point; the current tower has functioned as a lighthouse, quarantine station and restaurant. In 1999, James Bond visited in The World Is Not Enough .