Galata Tower Is The Place You Can Take The Best Photos Of Istanbul Bosphorus
Galata Tower, which is on our list of places to visit in Istanbul, has become the symbol of the city and is one of the oldest buildings in the world. In this article, we will try to include all the information about it in the most detailed way.
History Of The Galata Tower
It first built by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius Oilosuz in 528 as a wooden lantern tower. It was called the Big Zodiac and damaged during the Crusader wars and rebuilt in 1348 by the Genoese by masonry stones. They called it the Tower of Jesus.
It has 9 floors and its height from the ground to the end of its roof is 69.90 meters, the wall thickness is 3.75 meters, the inner diameter is 8.95 meters and the outer diameter is 16.45 meters. According to the static calculations, its weight is approximately 10,000 tons.
The tower was under the Ottoman rule in 1453. Until then, it, which used for defense purposes, had other missions. For example, in the 16th century. The Mehteran Choir was installed in the 18th century to inform it, which is the shelter of the prisoners employed in the shipyard. In 1874, due to its dominant position in the city, it used for fire surveillance and reporting. It repaired and repaired many times. Today’s shape it was given during the repairs made in the time of Mahmut II.
The Legend of Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi
By 1632, it shows one of the historical days. Ahmet Çelebi, who has the nickname of Hezarfen, which means knows a lot, leaves himself from it with the wings he designed and passes the Bosphorus and ends his flight of 3358 meters in Üsküdar Doğancılar Square.
The Galata tower restaurant now serves and it has a viewing terrace. You can enjoy your meal with a unique view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Also you can see historical buildings of Istanbul like Blue Mosque.
How to get there?
To get the Galata Tower is to take the M2 metro line and get off at Şişhane Metro Station. It is visible from the Şişhane, exit the Şişhane Metro Station and is only five minutes by walking.
Galata Tower Opening Hours And Fees
The Visisting Hours: 09:00-19:00
Galata tower entrance fee: $6
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Nearby Tourist Destinations
It is also close to many landmarks, public spaces, and monuments such as Pera Museum, Istiklal Avenue, Galata Mevlevi House, and St.Antoine church.