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KIZ KULESİ (Maiden's Tower)
Lens: SIGMA 28-105 Camera: PENTAX K3 Photo Location: ISTANBUL ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: Above 6s Aperture: F16 
Posted By: Flying_Hero, 12-10-2015, 01:51 AM

Sometimes forgetting your tripod at home is could be a chance to get an alternate view.
The black dots on picture are come from the lens. It needs really good cleaning.

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Here is the story of Maiden's tower.

izkulesi is located off the coast of Salacak neighborhood in Üsküdar district, at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus. It literally means "Maiden's Tower" in Turkish. The name comes from a legend: the Byzantine emperor heard a prophecy telling him that his beloved daughter would die at the age of 18 by a snake. So he decided to put her in this tower built on a rock on the Bosphorus isolated from the land thus no snake could kill her. But she couldn't escape from her destiny after all, a snake hidden in a fruit basket brought from the city bit the princess and killed her. Another legend wrongly mentions Hero and Leander in the tower, therefore some people wrongly call it "Leander's Tower", a sad love story told by Ovidius: Hero was one of the priestess of Aphrodite living in the tower. One day she left the tower to attend a ceremony in the temple where she met Leandros and they fall in love with each other. Leandros swam to the tower every night to visit his love, meanwhile she was holding a torch to guide him in the dark waters towards her in the tower. But on a stormy night Leandros couldn't see the light because it was put out by the winds, and he swam all night loosing his way until he was drowned. Hero, seeing that her lover died, she also jumped into the water and suicided. Some people narrate this love story as it was happened on the Bosphorus, but in fact it's a legend from the Dardanelles, when Leandros was swimming to Hero between Abydos (today's Eceabat) and Sestus (today's Canakkale city).

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Thanks for sharing the stories associated with the tower. Sad love stories true or not.
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It is not possible to know the true story. But we all need some stories to explain. (For Maiden's Tower; "why they built that tower middle of the water.") Some of them may be true but we don't need to know wich one. Only we need is a story about it
And, here is another photo from another view.
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Good shots of the tower. Those spots might also be dust on the sensor.

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QuoteOriginally posted by wtlwdwgn Quote
Good shots of the tower. Those spots might also be dust on the sensor.
Thank you.
The lens has a lot of dusts, because of me. But I'll check for the sensor also.

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