An important historical structure in Istanbul, Galata Tower, is one of the symbols of Istanbul. The tower is also a major tourist attraction and is located in Galata which is a part of the popular and cultural Beyoğlu district.
Galata Tower became a part of UNESCO’S World Heritage Temporary List in 2013.
Did you know that Galata Tower is 66.90 meters high?
In 1875, a massive storm flew the wood roof of the Galata Tower. The tower stayed without its conic roof for a long time. It had its final renovation in 1964 and has been open to public since 1967.
During the Ottoman period Galata Tower has served different purposes like an observatory and a dungeon. In 1717, it was used as a fire tower since it was in the perfect location to spot a fire because it has a view of the whole city. Once there was a fire, it was announced to citizens by the sound of a huge drum. However, the tower got caught on fire twice and had to be renovated after both occasions.
It is said that Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi, a famous Ottoman aviator, got to the top of the Galata Tower in 1638 along with the wings he has designed to fly. Then, while the sultan was watching he took a step forward and flew across the Bosphorus and landed all the way on Üsküdar.
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After the earthquake in 1509, Galata Tower’s upper part had to be renovated starting from 13 meters.
Galata Tower, one of the oldest towers in the world, was first built during the Byzantine period in 528 and was used as a lantern tower. In 1348, the tower was re-built by the Genoese colony and was named as the Tower of Christ. It was the highest tower in Istanbul during that time.