Galata Tower

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The Galata Tower, Galata Kulesi in Turkish

One of the best and oldest towers of Istanbul. 63 meter (206 feet) high tower presents a panoramic view of the old city. It was constructed within the 14th century with the aid of the Genoese colony as a part of the defense wall surrounding their district at Galata immediately opposite old Constantinopolis. They referred to as the tower as “Christea Turris”, or “Tower of Christ”. The Genoese were concerned in trade with the Byzantines and the tower used to be used for the surveillance of the Harbor in the Golden Horn. After the conquest of Constantinople via Mehmet II, it served to become aware of fires in the city.

Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi was once the first flying Turk throughout the Ottoman Empire of the 17th century. He copied fowl wings and studied air flows, than jumping from the Galata Tower he overflew the Bosphorus and landed at Uskudar district on the Asian part, around 6 kilometers (four miles) in distance.

After the Republic, Galata Tower was once restored and opened to the general public in 1967. The tower residences a cafeteria on top, there used to be additionally a night club which is closed down after the final restoration in 2013. A few elevators will take you up however there are still three extra floors to climb via stairs to get on the panoramic terrace which is fifty two meters above the bottom. A small souvenir keep is placed within the tower simply across the ticket office on the entrance level.

Galata Kulesi (Tower)
Büyüok Hendek Caddesi, Galata
telephone: +90 212 293 eighty one 80
Fax: +90 212 245 21 33
Open everyday from early morning untill late afternoon
Admission: 25 TL

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