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The Madien’s Tower: There are two legends about this tower.
The first is that of Hero and Leander who was drowned while swimming to join his beloved Hero. This is now agreed to have happened at Çanakkale on the Hellespont, though it may have occurred at any of the towers dotting the coast in Byzantine times.
The other is that Constantine the Great, prompted by a prophesy that his daughter would would die of snake-bite, built a tower here to protect her. She grew up, her beauty became renowned and an officer of the palace fell in love with her and sent her some beatiful flowers. The princess was bitten by a snake hidden among them and saved only at the last moment by the prince who sucked out the poison.
The present tower was built by Manuel Comnenus, as part of a defensive system stretching from Istanbul to Galata.
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