Wings of Istanbul

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Take in these stunning aerial views of Istanbul, Turkey, compliments of brand-new contributor Lokmansln.  The video opens with a shot looking through the Bosphorus Bridge (aka the First Bridge) towards the Çamlıca Tower on the city's eastern side.   At the :12 mark, you'll fly over the nearby Çamlıca Mosque (Turkey's largest), followed by a flyby of the Galata Tower.  At the :33 mark, there's a great shot of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the newest Bosphorus span.  Other locations include Maidens Tower, Rumeli Fortress, and more.  

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The Maiden's Tower (Turkish: Kız Kulesi), also known as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m (220 yd) from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey. After the naval victory at Cyzicus, the ancient Athenian general Alcibiades possibly built a custom station for ships coming from the Black Sea on a small rock in front of Chrysopolis (today's Üsküdar). In 1110 Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenus built a wooden tower protected by a stone wall. From the tower an iron chain stretched across to another tower erected on the European shore, at the quarter of Mangana in Constantinople. The islet was then connected to the Asiatic shore through a defense wall, whose underwater remains are still visible. During the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453, the tower held a Byzantine garrison commanded by the Venetian Gabriele Trevisano. Subsequently, the structure was used as a watchtower by the Ottoman Turks during the reign of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.

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