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Leander's Tower

Leander's Tower, which has become a symbol of Istanbul, was built by the Greek commander Alkibiades in 419 B.C. to oversee enemies coming from the Black Sea. The Byzantine Emperor Komnenos converted this tower into a fortress. Later, the tower was restored by the Ottomans as a wooden tower. When the wooden tower was burned down, the current stone tower was built during the Sultan Ahmet III period.

The name "Leander's Tower" is due to the mistaken notion that Leander drowned there in his attempt to swim the strait to see his lover Hero, although this legendary tragedy actually took place near Abydos in Hellenspont.


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