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Any legend, story or interesting history of Istanbul places ??
cansın2012-03-03 23:52:12
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Another legend about Maiden's tower relates the sad love story of Hero and Leander. The older name is Leander's Tower. l read from wikipedia Maiden's Tower article:

Hero was a priestess of Aphrodite who lived in a tower at Sestos, at the edge of the Hellespont. Leander, a young man from Abydos on the other side of the strait, fell in love with her and would swim every night across the Hellespont to be with her. Hero would light a lamp every night at the top of her tower to guide his way.

Succumbing to Leander's soft words, and to his argument that Aphrodite, as goddess of love, would scorn the worship of a virgin, Hero allowed him to make love to her. This routine lasted through the warm summer. But one stormy winter night, the waves tossed Leander in the sea and the breezes blew out Hero's light, and Leander lost his way, and was drowned. Hero threw herself from the tower in grief and died as well. Also it's bad end...

LiL2012-03-01 23:27:13
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l know Maiden Tower legend : The emperor Constantine had a daugther whom he had a daugther whom he loved deeply. An oracle predicted that the daughter would die from a snake bite. The emperor decided to build the tower with the belief that no snake could reach it from across the sea. However, there was  no measure that could prevent the oracle from being realised. A basket of fruit was sent to the maiden with a snake stealthily within it and so she was bitten and died from the venom. Bad end but nice place :)
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