Maiden tower [Kız kulesi] of Buca
image courtesy of Barbaros Ušar
This tower is located near the prison on the route between Şirinyer and Buca square. This has been restored by the council, and until recently other lesser ones existed in the area, now all lost to urban growth.
This belonged to a local Greek businessman, Hadjiantoni and his tower had a terrace and in times past this was close to a nunnery on the way to the Greek church Evangelistria (St Mary). Hadjiantoni was a leader in the flour industry, operating a number of mills. This structure would be used to catch the cooler air of the evening with a view of the greenery of surrounding farms, possibly with drinks or company.
According to the Pervitich map Hadjiantonis owned two mills in Daragatch, one south of the gas works and east of the railway station sheds, and the second on the south side of the main Daragatch road, in the east side of the suburb, just before the Meles bridge. In addition the author Kararas mentions he had a mill at the Profiti Ilya area as well.
image courtesy of Barbaros Ušar
image courtesy of Barbaros Ušar
image courtesy of Barbaros Ušar