Galata Tower

Climb Galata Tower for a panoramic city view.
Climb Galata Tower for a panoramic city view.

The Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in Istanbul's Galata suburb. It's one of the city's most recognisable and striking landmarks, with a conical cylinder that affords a panoramic view of Old Istanbul and out across the Bosphorus Strait.

The tower has an interesting history. Originally built in the 14th century during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople, it was the apex of the fortifications that surrounded the citadel of Galata. History tells us that 17th century aviator Hezarfen Celibi glided six kilometres from the tower to the slopes of Uskudar using artificial wings.

From 1717 the Ottomans began to use the tower for watching for fires in the city, which at the time had many wooden buildings.

Ironically, the tower itself was damaged by a fire a few years later.

Today, for 10 TL you can go to the top of the tower and gaze out upon the city. There's also a cafe, a restaurant and a nightclub on its upper floors.


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