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Galata Tower

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Galata Tower
Alt Name:
Galata Kulesi
Late Medieval (1300AD-1500AD)
1300AD - 1399AD
Anadolu Hisari, Rumeli Fortress,
Topkapı Palace ,

Galata Tower history

Galata Tower is a medieval turreted tower built by the Genoese as a defensive structure in 1348 and since rebuilt several times. One such occasion was following an earthquake in 1509 which caused great damage to Galata Tower.

Known by the Genoese as the Tower of Christ (Christea Turris), over the centuries, Galata Tower has been used for several purposes. For example, in the sixteenth century it is said to have acted as a jail under Suleiman the Magnificent and an astrology observatory. There is also a story which says that an aviator by the name of Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi took off from the tower using artificial wings in 1638.

In 1794, Galata Tower was devastated by a fire. This was somewhat ironic given that it was serving as a fire watchtower at the time.

The latest main restoration of Galata Tower occurred in 1967. The main thing inside this tower is the restaurant, although people also go to the top for the views.


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Dan Carpenter
08 Mar, 2015

It's easy to take the tram to a point across the river, walk over the Galata bridge, and a few blocks to the tower. As mentioned, you can get a great view from the tower. Be careful if you buy icy cold bottled water from anyone on the bridge, its probably from the tap, and not sealed properly.

France Lacoursiere
04 Feb, 2014

Rising above the old city of Pera, it offers a great view of the Galata bridge, Sultanhamet, the Golden Horn, the Bosporus and Dolmabaçe Palace.

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contact details

Address: Sishane, PK 34420 Istanbul, Turkey

Phone: +90 212 293 81 80

E-Mail: info@galatatower.net

visitor information

Directions to Galata Tower:
Nearest funicular is Karaköy. Tram stops Tophane and Tunel are nearby.

Galata Tower opening times and ticket prices:
Entry costs 10TL.


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