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In his masterpiece “View of the Leander Tower in Constantinople”, the most talented expressed all his emotions and impressions from a trip to the city of Istanbul. This tower was built in the XII century. It is located on a tiny rock near the strait of Istanbul harbor. It was used as a lighthouse and mooring for boats and ships. The top of the tower covers the entire strait with its horizons, from behind you can see ships with raised sails and echoes of the buildings of Constantinople.
The tower got its name thanks to the famous legend of two lovers: the man Leandra and the priestess Hero. The priestesses lit fire daily in the tower, and the young man each time passed through the strait, guided by the light from the tower. And then once the light from the tower disappeared and the young man, unable to cope with the seabed, died. Early in the morning the body of the young man washed ashore, and the desperate Hero threw herself into the sea from the top of the tower.
And although local Turks called this tower Maiden, the artist still preferred the ancient name. As a master of seascapes, Aivazovsky managed to combine the tower, sea and shadows of Constantinople in a single harmonious composition.
The tower itself was naturally located at the base, with a high outbuilding, windows, an entrance and a small pier. A traditional Turkish boat is sailing in front of the tower, carrying a group of women in traditional dresses. Their faces, hair and robes are hidden under a white burqa.
Against the background of the tower, silhouettes of Istanbul's palaces and buildings are visible. All of them majestically rise above the seashores. And another important detail is the sunset. He throws his bright path right to the beginning of the picture. Aivazovsky portraying the sunset, once again recalls the real location of the tower and the city itself, demonstrating it from the east.
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