South of Üsküdar, on an island in the Bosphorus, the small white Kız Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower) is also known as Leander’s Tower. Many myths are associated with it: in one a princess, who was prophesied to die from a snake bite, came here to escape her fate, only to succumb to it when a serpent was delivered to her retreat in a basket of fruit. The tower also featured in the 1999 James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. Now open to visitors, it doubles as an expensive restaurant in the evening.

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