Friday, August 28, 2009

Maiden Tower (Qiz Qalasi).


So, Maiden Tower.

If you ever Google Baku, the Maiden Tower will be mentioned for sure- it became a symbol of the city. It is dated back to the 12th century and once upon a time stood on the bank of the Caspian Sea, which isn’t the case now. It looks very massive as it should considering that its walls are up to five meters thick. What you should be aware of is that the stairs leading to the top are highly polished by thousands feet and are slippery, you have to be careful there. Despite of this you will notice plenty of ladies braving the steps on high heels. It is very impressive sight, almost as impressive as the tower itself.

I like the legends that surround the Maiden Tower. One of them tells a story about a shah and his son who happened to fall in love with the same fair maiden. Unable to decide who should marry her, they solved their argument by throwing the maiden from the top of the tower. Very macho decision indeed.

The most popular of the legends concerns a shah who developed a love interest in his own daughter. The daughter properly disgusted but being a proper daughter as well, asked him to build a tower and promised to marry him after the tower’s completion. Eagerly the shah agreed. The tower grew higher and higher; the girl grew sadder and sadder. In order to delay the inevitable she kept asking to add one storey after another until the shah got impatience and demanded to set up the date of the marriage. What is the girl to do? She asked to climb the top of the tower to enjoy the view ...looked around at her beloved city and threw herself down in the Caspian Sea.

The legend is so popular that the tower remains the favourite place of romantic souls to say farewell to cruel life.

P.S. I know it is odd - I am doing postings backward: it is September now and the dates of the posts are from August. I haven't found my rhythm yet, which I lost somewhere in the midst of our transition.

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