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Maiden Tower by deviantmike423 Maiden Tower by deviantmike423
The Maiden's Tower
Located in the Bosphorous near Istanbul, Turkey.
Originally built about 400 B.C.

Watercolor on arches 12X16"

There are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location. According to the most popular Turkish legend, a sultan had a much beloved daughter. One day, an oracle prophesied that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. The sultan, in an effort to thwart his daughter's early demise by placing her away from land so as to keep her away from any snakes, had the tower built in the middle of the Bosphorus to protect his daughter until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father.


On the 18th birthday of the princess, the sultan brought her a basket of exotic sumptouous fruits as a birthday gift, delighted that he was able to prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into the basket, however, an asp that had been hiding among the fruit bit the young princess and she died in her father's arms, just as the oracle had predicted. Hence the name Maiden's Tower.


Thanks to: Zeppy
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Ancalagan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice.. and nice to see the old structre which i see everyday when i go to work :P
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Thank-you...you are extremely lucky to live in the beautiful city of Istanbul...I envy you sir!
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aprilwednesday Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010   Writer
That's really gorgeous! I love the colors.
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Thank-you!
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chunkychip Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work, I love the blocky reflections:)
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Thank-you!
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Mishelangello Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
what a beauty! Magical!
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
I knew there was a reason why i didn't like fruit baskets! Nice piece of work! :clap:
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
:lmao:...great point!
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
:)
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pyrrhite Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
beautiful, love this.
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Thanks Katie!
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pyrrhite Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Know any Turkish maidens to go with it?
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Nope.
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pyrrhite Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Point taken.
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
:pat:
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apb Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
I like the geometric reflection. :thumbsup:
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Thank-you very much...glad you like it. :bow:
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apb Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
:)
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Yikes, what a story! That's the sin of pride for you. I would have hand-checked that basket of fruit if it were one of one kids.
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
moral to the story: Never let your guard down. :lmao:
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Or, grow your own edibles in containers!
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
I did a journal post that alluded to not trying to control the future lest you cut your hand trying...something like that....the sultan might just as well have caused his daughter's death as much as anyone by trying to control fate.
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Exactly...and it is more aligned than not with "be careful what you wish for." I was thinking about the need to lose a few pounds...and then my neighbor came out...and she has lost much weight because she has been incapacitated by a dire disease...and suddenly things got really, really clear.
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Wow....even I started to resent her (get jealous)for losing weight before I even read the rest of the sentence.
Humble pie for me tonight.
I also had a duel thought at the same time....concerning weight issues....Yesterday I quit smoking...after nearly 6 years. And the last thing I wanna do is gain weight from quitting....but I won't lie....
IT IS HELL!
Have you ever smoked?
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Oh, yeah, for many years, in spite of adult-onset asthma! Now I have my little one (of the 3) smoking. One only quits when one is ready. Insert grinding of teeth here.

I quit with my first pregnancy at 30, started again, quit again with my second pregnancy at 35, started again, and then had a scary I-can't-breathe thing and so stopped again before my third pregnancy (born at 38). Never picked up a cigarette again.

Rest assured that the craving DOES go away. I have NO inclination to pick up a cigarette, and have not since the no-breathing incident. The weight thing...I don't know how old you are...but metabolic issues come into play. I think that a few extra ice-cream pounds are better than lungs full of black grit.

I know a woman who, with throat cancer, smokes cigarettes through her neck, where there is a big hole from her trachaeotomy. Some people get stuck, you know.

Try really hard not to be a stuck person, Mike.
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
That is very sound advice.
You're like me....I would go thru a pattern of 5 years smoking....five years quit...and so on.
Oh....and I just turned 50 Tuesday.
You getting that Easter card was a great B-day gift for me.
I always seem to find myself (knowingly or not) in the uniquely satisfying position to give to someone else right around the time of my birthday.
It seems to happen all on its own....and it's occurred 3 times in a row now....ever since I turned 48.
It always catches me off guard too.
This year....you were the element that made it happen. It's quite a feeling to realize it post haste....and I have no idea why it happens.
I'm just thankful it does. I really like the idea of giving something to someone else on MY birthday.
A kind of twisted selfishness I suppose. :lmao:
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ZeynowaR Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
OMG...:faint:
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Nice place huh? ;)
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ZeynowaR Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Magical!!! :heart:
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deviantmike423 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
:blowkiss:
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