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Istanbul / Kizkulesi lighthouse (old and new)
Old: ARLHS TUR-038; New: N4903.8

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According to Russ:
Date unknown, but very old. Inactive. Approx. 23 m (75 ft) square cylindrical stone tower with a domed cupola, topped by a tall flagstaff. Adjacent to the historic building is an active light. This building has a long and complicated history. The first structure known to have been built here was a fortress built by the Athenian general Alcibiades in 408 BCE. Another fortress was built by the Byzantine emperor Alexius Comnenus in 1110 CE. The first record of a lighthouse dates from 1509, in the early Ottoman period. The present form of the tower results from reconstructions by the Ottoman emperors Mustafa III in 1763 and Mahmud II in 1832. The tower is the subject of several romantic legends, leading to its name as the Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi in Turkish). The oldest legend is the classic Greek tale of Leander and Hero, who supposedly met at this spot. In 1995 the Ministry of Tourism leased Maiden's Tower for 49 years to the Hamoğlu Holding Company, which agreed to restore the structures and open them to tourists. The restoration was completed in 2000. Today the building houses a museum and a popular restaurant.

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Album name:ichbien / Turkey
Current status (active, not active, museum etc):small lighthouse - active (building - ex. lighthouse and inactive)
Height of the tower, m:9 Focal plane elevation above sea level, m:9
Light Description (light sectors, colour of the light, number of flashes etc):Flashing, period 3s, flash 0.3s, eclipse 2.7s, 0-30 white, 3 red
Range, nm:white 14 nm, red 11 nm
Coordinates (in any format):41.0212 N 29.0038 E
Displayed:233 times
Date added:Jul 04, 2012
DateTime Original:2012:04:29 19:27:52
Keywords:Istanbul ; Bosphorus ; Turkey
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