“The Girl’s Tower” will resume receiving visitors from May 11

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The “Girl’s Tower” off the coast of Istanbul is preparing to receive its visitors as of May 11, following the completion of extensive restoration work.

A statement by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism stated, on Monday, that the historic tower will open its doors to visitors after a hiatus of nearly two years.

The statement added that the tower underwent extensive and comprehensive restoration work, including strengthening its resistance to earthquakes.

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It is explained that the restoration work of the “Girl’s Tower” was carried out under the supervision of a scientific committee composed of senior specialists in this field.

It is believed that the Girl’s Tower, located on a small island 200 meters from the beach, was built in 1110 AD during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komnenos as a wooden structure protected by a stone wall. The building was restored to its present condition in the late 1720s and then used as a watchtower during the Ottoman Empire.