Galata Tower, Istanbul

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    Galata Tower "Views OF"

    by Martin_S. Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Galata Tower at night, Istanbul, Turkey
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    We were down hill and across the bridge in the Eminonu area when I took that nightime photo of the Galata Tower. The second is a zoom shot from the same area, while the third was taken near the base of the tower before we went up. When entering you pay to take an elevator up, there is NO OTHER OPTION. What they do not tell you is that there are several floors of STAIRS after you get off the elevator......
    We saw several older couples pay, take the elevator and then were not able to climb the stairs...no signs make you aware of those nasty stairs, narrow and winding.
    There is an explanation sign on the floor where the elevator lets you off and it give the history of the tower. But I don't think many people visit for the history, most go for the unparralled view of Istanbul, the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and the surrounding areas.
    http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Istanbul/Sights/Beyoglu/GalataTower.html
    There is also a restaurant on the upper floor where the sightseeing balcony is located. We decided NOT to have a coffee there because at all times the windows were blocked by the many sightseers on the balcony, why have windows if they have no view.

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    Galata Tower

    by Skibbe Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    This tower was built by the Genoese in 1348. It is one of the city's signature landmarks and gives great views. There is a pricey restaurant at the top where I had some ice cream after the long trip up.

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    Galata Tower

    by neodue Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    From KULEDIBI neighbourhood the wiew of the tower
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    The tower has been built in 1384 by the Genoese colony .The tower rises 140 meters above the Golden Horn.We call that neigbourhood "Kuledibi"It means in turkish (Bottom of the tower)
    The area around the tower has been refurbished by the municipality.

    During the first centuries of Ottoman era the Galata tower was occupied by a detachment of Janissaries, the elite corps of the Turkish Army. In the sisteenth century the tower was used to house prisoners of war, who were usualy consigned as galley slaves in the ottoman arsenal at Kasimpasa on the golden horn.

    During the reign of Selim 2nd (1566-1574) the Galata Tower was used as an observation point by the renowed Turkish astronomer Takiuddin, who had his main observatory in Pera. In the following century, during the reign of Mustafa 2nd (1695 - 1703) the seyhulislam Feyzulah efendi tried to set up an astronomical observatory in the tower with with the aid of a Jesuit priest, but the effort was cut short when he was killed in 1703.

    The Galata Tower was reconstructed on a number of occasions in the Ottoman period, most notably, after a great fire that destroyed much of Galata in 1794 (during the reign of Selim III) and by Mahmut II in 1832. the tower's conical cap was blown off during a storm in 1875, and it was not replaced in the subsequent restoration. The tower was used as a fire- control station until 1964, when it was closed for restoratiom before being opened in 1967 as a tourist attraction. The conical cap was replaced in this restoration, giving the tower much the same appearance as it had in Genoese times, though retaining the changes in fenestration and other structual aspects done in the Ottoman period.

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    The Galata Tower-catch the best views of the city!

    by Lunamagica Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    obviously, noone taught me how to hold a camera...

    from the top of the Galata Tower, built in Byzantine times originally as a watchtower, you can take in the most beautiful, 360-degree views of Istanbul... both European and Asian sides. One look towards the Asian shore will make you understand what probably prompted Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, back in the 16th Century, to fly with artificial wings from the top of Tower to Uskudar.

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    See the Tower

    by Jetgirly Written Jan 29, 2011

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    Galata Tower is something of an Istanbul landmark. While I didn't pay the entrance fee (which I felt was much too steep), I did enjoy viewing the exterior and using the tower as an easy meeting spot (much better than the local meeting spot for Istanbul-dwellers: "Meet you at Burger King!"). The tower itself was actually built by Genoese living in Constantinople, and has a rich history of multiple uses and restorations.

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    Galata Tower

    by al2401 Updated Aug 24, 2010

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    This 61m high tower is visible from all parts of the city and overlooks the Bosphorus and Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara. It was built by the Genoese between 1348-9 but there had been a tower on the site since the 5th century BC.

    The visitor can climb 143 stairs to the top floor viewing terrace or take the lift. There is a restaurant/cafe on the floor below. The views are stunning, even if it is pouring rain!

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    The Galata tower.

    by cachaseiro Written Mar 13, 2010

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    The Galata tower is one of the oldest still standing towers in the world dating back to 528ad.
    It was originally build as a lighthouse and the place has been restored many times over the centuries, the last time being in 1967.
    It´s open for visitors and you will have to take a lift up as the staircase is closed to visitors at the time of writing.
    there is a really good view of the olod part of town from the top of the Galata tower aswell as a cafe there and i think it´s worth the 10 Lira entrance fee.

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    Christea Turris

    by MM212 Updated Mar 1, 2010

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    Dominating the Beyoğlu skyline for nearly 700 years, this fortified Tower was named Christea Turris when it was built by the Genoese in 1348. Its construction was part of the fortifications of Galata, hence the name Galata Tower (or Galata Kulesi in Turkish), a colony established north of the Golden Horn by the Republic of Genoa from the 13th to the 15th centuries. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans, the tower was turned into a prison for a while. Today, it is a remarkable tourist attraction with a restaurant offering panoramic views at its top.

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    the tower

    by iaint Updated Jan 30, 2010

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    the tower

    I'd seen it from afar on dozens of occasions, but eventually went to take a close up look. It is 62m high and was built 1348 by the Genoese.

    I didn't go in because I was already hot and sweaty from walking around, and didn't fancy the climb.

    Apparently it's worth it for the view, but the interior itself is a disappointment.

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    For superb views of the city

    by Durfun Updated Jan 8, 2010

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    Approaching it from the narrow streets
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    DIMENSIONS:
    The nine-storey tower is 66.90 meters tall (62.59m without the ornament on top, 51.65m at the observation deck), and was the city's tallest structure when it was built. The elevation at ground level is 35m above sea-level. It has an external diameter of 16.45m at the base, an 8.95m diameter inside, and walls that are 3.75m thick.

    It offers great 360 degree views of Istanbul across the Bosphorus from it's outside, open balcony. You buy a ticket & then queue up for the elevator. Once you get out, you still have to climb up some stairs to reach the viewing balcony. Inside, you can read about the history of this place, and see photos over the years.

    HISTORY:
    The Genoese built the Galata Tower, which they named as Christea Turris (Tower of Christ), at the highest point of the citadel of Galata, in 1348.

    Now the upper section of the tower has a conical cap, which was slightly modified in several restorations during the Ottoman period when it was used as an observation tower for spotting fires.

    Starting from 1717 the Ottomans began to use the tower for spotting fires in the city. In 1794, during the reign of Sultan Selim III, the roof of the tower made of lead and wood and the stairs were severely damaged by a fire. Another fire damaged the building in 1831, upon which a new restoration work took place. In 1875, during a storm, the conic roof on the top of the building was destroyed. The tower remained without this conic roof for the rest of the Ottoman period.

    Many years later, in 1965-1967, during the Turkish Republic, the original conical cap was restored. During this final restoration in the 1960s, the wooden interior of the tower was replaced by a concrete structure and it was commercialized and opened to the public.

    RECORD SET HERE:
    In 1632 Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew as an early aviator using artificial wings for gliding from here over the Bosporus to the slopes of Üsküdar on the Anatolian side, nearly six kilometres away.

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    GALATA TOWER

    by balhannah Written Aug 2, 2009

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    Wonderful views of Topkapi Palace
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    GALATA TOWER................You can see the Tower from far and wide when in Istanbul.....
    AND ON THE TOWER..........You can see far and wide all over Istanbul !!!....

    This is really worth visiting I think, for the incredible views over Istanbul.

    The Tower is quite old, being built in 528 by the Byzantine Emperor. It was used by the Genoese as a part of their fortication of Galata in the 13th century. The Tower has been restored several times because of Earthquakes that have given it a shake up!

    The Tower is 61metres high, has 11 floors, with a Lift taking you up 9 floors, and then you climb the steps for the last 2 floors to the viewing platform, nightclub and restaurant. In the evenings, the Restaurant has a dinner/cabaret show, with Turkish folk and Belly dancing.

    They only allow a certain amount of people up at once, so as some come down, that amount of people are allowed up. Even so, it was fairly crowded on the platform, not much room for moving about. The queue when I was there was long, not helped because one lift wasn't working. When I came down, the queue was longer again!

    ADMISSION IN 2009 was 10t/l
    OPEN DAILY from 9- 7pm
    DINNER SHOW from 8pm - 1am
    The views are wonderful, you can see everywhere.

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    Galata Tower-Galata Kulesi

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 10, 2009

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    Galata Tower-Galata Kulesi
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    The Galata Tower is one of the city's most striking landmarks. It is a huge, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline on the Galata side of the Golden Horn.

    The tower was built in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. It was the apex of the fortifications surrounding the Genoese citadel of Galata.

    The nine-story tower is about 67 meters tall. The tower has a diameter of 16.5 meter at the base, with 9 meters diameter inside. The upper section of the tower with the conical cap was slightly modified in several restorations during the Ottoman period when it was used as an observation tower for spotting fires.

    You can watch my 3 min 21 sec HQ Video Istanbul Beyoglu and Galata Tower out of my Youtube channel with Askin Nur Yengi – Bocrum Olsun Turkish pop music.

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    First Turkish pilot

    by Sirvictor Written Mar 27, 2009

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    The first man ever to fly was Turkish. Using two wings, Hazarfen Ahmet Celebi flew from the Galata Tower over the Bosphorus to land in Uskudar in the 17th century. Hazerfen means 1001 wisdom or sciences.

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    Great view from Galata Tower over Istanbul

    by OH_DK Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    View from Galata, notice mosques in Sultanahmed
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    I went to Galata Tower (Kulesi) after sunset, and it was a great experience to watch all the lights of Istanbul from the top of the tower.
    There is a restaurant in the tower and you can book a table there (call number) and at the same time have a great view of the city.

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    Galata Tower

    by cherrytomato Written Jan 3, 2009

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    Galata Tower is one of the oldest towers of Istanbul. It was built in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinianus.
    During the years it was used as a fortress, as a prison, observation tower, fire-control station. Now it's the main tourist attraction that offers a spectacular view on Istanbul. There's also a fancy restaurant where you can taste traditional Turkish cousine and see Turkish folk dance.

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