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Galata Tower in Istanbul
The famous Galata Tower is one of the most important historical and archaeological landmarks of Istanbul

Galata Tower in Istanbul

Galata Tower History

Galata Tower is one of the oldest towers in the world. It is a distinctive tourist attraction. The famous historical tower is located in the Taksim district on the European side of Istanbul in the most prestigious place in the Bosphorus Strait

It was built in 507 AD and restored during the time of the Ottoman Empire in 1509 by the Ottoman architect Khair al-Din, one of the students of the famous architecture Sinan.

Its height is about 66.90 meters, its outer diameter is about 16.45 meters, its internal diameter is about 8.95 meters, and the thickness of its walls is estimated at 3.75 meters.


Tower uses

Galata Tower is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul, where it was used for long periods as a tower to monitor fires, and it was used during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent as a private prison. In the sixteenth century an astrology observatory was built by the scientist Taqi al-Din Effendi.

The tower consists of 9 floors, so that the first seven floors are climbed through the electric elevator, and the rest of the floors are on foot.

The height of the large tower allows the visitor to view a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of Istanbul from a height of 67 meters. It is one of the most important landmarks of Istanbul not only for the beauty of its engineering designs, but also for its historical status

Many tourists flock daily throughout the year to enjoy the charm of Istanbul, where its landmarks look out from anywhere in the old city, such as the areas of Fatih, Taksim, Sultan Eyup and many areas on the Asian side such as Uskudar and Çamlıca


Galata Tower in Turkey offers you a 360-degree view, so whoever climbs the highest peak in the tower sees the Istanbul Bridge connecting the Asian and European sections and many of the charming places in the city

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