Amazon Quiz: What water body is this island lighthouse located in?
Answer: Bosphorus Strait
The Maiden’s Tower is a tower on a small islet near the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait, 200 metres (220 yards) from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey. It has been known as Leander’s Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the mediaeval Byzantine era.
From 1966 to 1981, the tower could be seen on the reverse of Turkish 10 lira banknotes.
The Bosporus Strait, sometimes known as the Bosphorus Strait, is a natural waterway that runs through Istanbul in northwest Turkey. It separates Turkey by dividing Anatolia from Thrace as part of the continental barrier between Asia and Europe. It is the narrowest strait in the world that is used for international shipping.
With the exception of the region to the north, the majority of the Bosporus Strait’s coasts are densely populated; the 17 million people who make up Istanbul’s metropolitan area stretch inland from both banks.
The Turkish Straits are a collective name for the Bosporus Strait and the Dardanelles Strait, which are located at the opposite end of the Sea of Marmara.
Istanbul’s Bosporus shore has been reinforced in some places with concrete or rubble, and the strait’s prone-to-deposition areas are routinely dredged.
The name of the strait is derived from the Ancient Greek word Bósporos, which means “cattle-passage” or “cow passage” and is a genitive of “ox, cattle” and poros. This alludes to the Greek mythological tale of Io, a woman who was turned into a cow and forced to wander the Earth until she crossed the Bosporus and encountered the Titan Prometheus. Prometheus consoled her by telling her that she would be changed back into a human by Zeus and become the ancestor of the greatest of all heroes, Heracles (Hercules).