Istanbul is the hand lord of the castles and towers containing stories more interesting than the other within itself. We introduce the places which you will be fascinated by not only touring the buildings but also listening their stories. Here are those magnificent places:
Address: Küçüksu Road No: 4 Anadolu Hisarı Beykoz
Telephone: +90 (216) 308 93 28
Anatolian Castle is an oldest Turkish work of art. It was made by Yıldırım Bayezid for Conquest of Istanbul. It is also called “Beauteous Castle (Güzelce Hisar)”. It consists of a citadel and a bailey with the walls of them. Firstly, it didn’t have a portcullis. There was a drawbridge from the interior walls to the castle. It has a great Bosporus view. So you can prefer here for breakfast. Heading towards the top of the castle, you will find peace because of the refreshing atmosphere. There is no more atmosphere around there.
Address: Yahya Kemal Road No:42 Rumelihisarı 34342 Sarıyer
Telephone: +90 (212) 263 53 05
Rumelian Castle was made by Fatih Sultan Mehmed to guard İstanbul against the possible attacks from Black Sea in a very limited time. Each tower was named after the pashas in control. Rumelian Castle having the greatest bastion of the world is right across Anatolian Castle. The threatening stand of these castles which have such a quite fantastic story must wear the enemy down, I guess.
Address: Yedikule, Fatih
Telephone: +90 (212) 585 89 33
Yedikule Castle is one of the oldest outdoor museums. As is evident from its name, it has seven towers: Young Osman II Tower, Arsenal Tower, Ahmet III Tower, The Treasure Tower, Dungeon Tower, The Watch Tower and Bloody Well. Each has own story, mostly tortures. Alleged criminal people were executed here. Even Sultan Young Osman was executed in the tower named after him. Ironically, the castle sometimes hosts the concerts of lots of famous people.
Maiden’s Tower (Kız Kulesi)
Address: Salacak Mevkii Üsküdar 34668
Telephone: +90 (216) 342 47 47
Maiden’s Tower was known as Damalis, Athens King Kharis’ wife’s name. After her death, she was buried here in this coast. The tower was named after her. After that, so many name was given to this tower. There are so many rumours about the recent name of it. One of them is about the king who was told that his daughter will die of snake bite when she will be 18. The king locks her up in this tower and makes her live an isolated life. However, there is no use. She dies after a snake coming from grape basket bites. Even though he has a coffin made out of iron for his daughter, it is told that that snake still harasses the girl after her death. Because there is two hole in the coffin. Dedicated to the young girls in this story and the others, this place is called Maiden’s Tower.
Address: Bereketzade District, Büyük Hendek Road Şişhane Fatih
Telephone: +90 (212) 293 81 80
Surely, we all know Galata Tower. Because this one is notable for Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi. It is rumoured that Ahmet Çelebi winged from this tower and flew by Bosporus in 1638. He was rewarded by Sultan IV. Murat because of this flight. This attempt of him influenced both in Ottoman and in Europe. Yet then the sultan was afraid of his wisdom and banished from the country.
Address: Kemal Paşa District 34134 Fatih
Bayezid Tower was made in 1828. It is one of places which have the best view of the city ever. There are three floors in it: one for signalling, one for signal baskets and one for flags. It was also known as a castle. Because fire watchers stayed here during their guard duty. They let everybody know where the fire was started. Those who heard the artillery shooting for the fire call said to aga that you had a child. He asked “is it boy or a girl?”. If the answer was a boy, it means that the fire started in İstanbul. If it was a girl, it means that the fire started around Beyoğlu or Rumeli side. Ironically, the tower was burn twice even though it was made for fire prevention and protection in the city. It was used for weather forecast as well.
Dolmabahçe Clock Tower
Address: Dolmabahçe Road Beşiktaş
Telephone: +90 (212) 236 90 00
Dolmabahçe Clock Tower made by Sultan Abdülhamit II in 1895 is between Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan Mosque and the Imperial Gate of Dolmabahçe Palace. There are clocks in each side of it. The clocks were set manually. In 1979, the clock manufactured by Jean-Paul Garnier was set electronically and has been still ticking.
Yıldız Clock Tower
Address: Barbaros Boulevard, Serencebey Yokuşu, No. 62 Beşiktaş
Telephone: +90 (212) 258 30 80
Yıldız Clock Tower made by Sarkis Balyan is a three-decker building. The first floor contains of four inscriptions. In the second floor, we can see a thermometer and a barometer. In the last one is for the clock room. There is also a boussole on the roof, and a wind rose on the top of it.