- What is the Galata Tower?
Historical Place, Tourist Attraction, Restaurant, Cafe.
- History of Galata Tower
Galata Tower, one of the oldest towers of the world was built of wood by Byzantine emperor Anastasius Oilozus in 528 as a lighthouse, in 1348 it was reconstructed by the Genoese as Christea Turris (Christ Tower) using stone.
Galata Tower was owned by the Ottoman Empire during the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II “The Conqueror” and witnesses the most brilliant and the most troublesome era of the empire.
The tower was used to house “Forsa” which stands for Christian prisoners of war who were usually worked as slaves in the Ottoman dockyard at Kasımpaşa at the Golden Horn.
During the reign of Murad IV (1612-1640), Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew as an early aviator using artificial wings from this tower over the Bosphorus to the slopes of Üsküdar on the Anatolian side nearly 6 kilometers away. Sultan Murat IV was delighted and wanted to award Hezarfen but then changed this mind.
By the time The Fire Brigade Organization was founded in 1714, the tower has been assigned a new task. The watchmen located on the tower watching for fires in order to struggle against the insidious enemy threating Istanbul.
Ironically the tower became a victim of one of those fires which were used to alert the city for many years. The tower’s roof which was made of lead and wood, its rooms and stairs were completely destroyed by the great fire in 1794. Another fire in 1831 caused drastic damages and the tower’s conical cap was replaced in the restoration.
The Galata Tower’s silhouette had changed many times in the past and was reconstructed on a number of occasions in the Ottoman period, most notably in 1864 during the public improvements. The tower’s court and ramparts descending to the shore were demolished and the surrounding frenches were filled. The tower was closed for restoration for 3 years and reopened in 1967.
Galata Tower is one of the greatest buildings in Istanbul and the oldest tower in the world which had been opened for visitation. It still rises above the city with its splendor and witnesses the history of Istanbul.
- How much does it cost to Entrance Galata Tower?
Galata Tower Entrance Fee: 25TL
- What are Galata Tower opening hours?
The Galata Tower is open daily from 8am to 8pm.
- What is the contact information of Galata Tower?
|Galata Tower Phone||+90 (212) 2935707|
|Galata Tower Restaurant Phone||+90 (212) 2938180|
- How do i get to Galata Tower by Public Transport? (by Bus, Metro, Tram, Train, Ferry, Cable Car)
|Address||BEREKETZADE DISTRICT, GALATA KULESI ST, 34421, BEYOGLU / ISTANBUL|
- Galata Tower Photos