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    Galata Tower "Views FROM 2"

    by Martin_S. Updated Dec 21, 2008

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    Suleymaniye Mosque,GH, from Galata Tower
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    These views will complete the 360 degree survey we did around the tower. The photos show:
    1) The Golden Horn and the Suleymaniye Mosque whose minnarets you can see under repair with the scaffolding.
    2) Ataturk Bridge over the Golden Horn
    3) Old Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn
    4) Eminonu and the ferries
    5) Galata Bridge

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    Galata Tower "Views FROM 1"

    by Martin_S. Updated Dec 21, 2008
    Bosphorus,Marmara,GH, from Galata Tower
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    If you have read that the Galata Tower is the best observation point in Istanbul, you have received good information. The only better may be from the top of some hotels in Taksim Square, a slightly higher point. But they would not have the unobstructed view of the Golden Horn, Galata Bridge and Ataturk Bridge that you DO have from Galata Tower.
    The photos show:
    1) The Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn.
    2) The Topkapi Palace
    3) The Bosphorus
    4) Nisantasi area
    5) Piyalepasa area

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    Genovese tower

    by traveloturc Updated Dec 8, 2008

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    Many years ago I was born very near to this tower and I spend almost all my teenage years looking to this tower from the balcony of my parents house
    The Galata Tower is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city on the European Side, located in Old Pera(Beyoglu) district. It is open everyday from 9.00 to 18.00 to climb up to the observation deck. There is a restaurant on the top of the tower where you can enjoy a traditional Turkish Night. There is an elevator and two floors to walk up.
    The tower was the focus of the Genoese fortifications of Medieval Galata. Originally known as the "Tower of Christ", it was built in 1348 in connection with the first expansion of the Genoese Colony. The first fortified area, walled in as early as 1304, was a long, narrow rectangle along the Golden Horn between today's two bridges over the Golden Horn. On the 17th C, an Ottoman citizen, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi attempted to fly from Galata Tower to Asian Shore of Uskudar and he worked on his project for years. With the wings he invented, he succeded to fly to his target and this was a great success of that time. It was used as an observation tower and constituted an important part of their defense system. It was used as a fire observation tower till 1960s, and later restored and converted to a touristic attraction.
    The observation deck is spectacular, it gives one the opportunity of a 360 degrees of vision. It is 61 meters, 183 ft. tall. From the deck, one can observe the Asian Side, the highest point of Istanbul, the Bosphorus, the Bophorus Bridge, the harbour for the cruise ships, the Golden Horn, the old Galata settlement with rather poor neighborhoods, the Suleiman's Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, the Spice Market, the New Mosque, the Halic (Golden Horn) settlements, the new part of the town, Beyoglu(old Pera) and so on... Later on ,this tower helps to the fireman to find the exact place and even its used as a meterological warner ( red light-snow,yellow light-sunshine,blue-showers etc )

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    Galata Tower

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 8, 2008

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    Galata and Galata Tower

    The Galata Tower was constructed in 1348, by the Geneose who settled in Galata in the 14th century. To prevent their region from the strangers and enemy attacks they built this tower attached to the fortresses of Galata. It is the main tower of the Galata Fortresses. In the 16th century it was used as a dungeon for the slaves working in Kasimpasa dockyard, later it was transformed to a depot for the dockyard. And the very first flight of the world was done from this tower to Uskudar by Hazerfan Ahmed Celebi.

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    The Galata Tower

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 8, 2008

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    The Galata Tower is one of the oldest buildings in Istanbul, and provides great views of the city from its observation deck. The tower was originally built in the 6th century, and has been renovated a number of times since then (it caught fire once or twice). It was historically used as a lookout tower to spot ships and fires. It also served as a prison at one point. Today, the Galata Tower is a tourist attraction. It has a restaurant and an observation deck near its top, which offer you one of the best views of Istanbul. From the tower, you look out directly across the Golden Horn to Topkapi Palace and the Sulimeniye Mosque.

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  • Galata Panorama

    by craine Written Sep 8, 2008

    The view from the galata tower is astonishing! You'll want to stay a while and pick out some of the iconic monuments of the city; bring some binoculars and a camera. I recommend visiting just before sunset for the chance of seeing a great sky.

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    Galata Tower: best sunset and night views

    by Elena_blue Updated Sep 6, 2008

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    Views from Galata tower are of the few memories I have from a weekend in Istanbul, 10 years before.
    On the 8th floor there is small 360 balcony which guarantees the best views of the city. Aya Sophia and Blue Mosque, marmara see and golden horn, Eminonu. During day until 8 o'clock pm it is open with a ticket of 10YTL, just to go upstairs and see the view.
    After 8 it closes and opens again by 10pm only for the guests of the restaurant who are the lucky to enjoy the night time views. Restaurant has also a kitschy folklore show, worth to visit, only to have the chance for the night views!!! The lights and the mosques with the minarets and the see and the bridges and if you are lucky a full moon...
    The night views are in my memory and it is one of my most vivid memories ever!

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    Galata Tower

    by Aitana Written Aug 9, 2008

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    Galata tower was built by the Genoese in 1348 as a part of the fortifications of the citadel. The tower is 66.90 m tall and it was used as an observation tower for spotting fires.
    Nowadays the tower is open to the public. A lift leads to the top floor, from where there is a nice panoramic of Istanbul: the Golden Horn, and beyond it, Topkapi palace, Suleiman and Sultan Ahmed mosques, Bosphorus… We went up by sunset and the call to prayer of the muezzins transported us to another era.

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    Galata Tower

    by tim07 Written Jul 27, 2008
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    The tower was built in 528 during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Justinianus. It was captured in 1453 by the turks & turned into a prison and naval depot.

    The tower is now renovated with a restaurant, cafeteria & nightclub on the 9th floor. The admission to the tower is YTL10. A lift takes you to the 7th floor, you then walk up to 2 flights of stairs to the 9th. Here at the top you can walk round the outside of the tower. As it's uncovered you get fantastic views of the Istanbul skyline.

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    Galata Tower

    by Hopkid Written Apr 29, 2008

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    The only remaining tower from a series that dotted the Genoese walls built in the 14th century, it is one of the iconic landmarks because of its high position among fairly modern skyline of Beyoglu. Visitors can go to the observation level near the top for panoramic views of the city. The tower houses a restaurant/nightclub that caters to the tour group set. There's also a cafeteria on the upper floor which apparently isn't touristy. We decided to give it a pass but couldn't resist taking a photo as we walked through the neighborhood on our way up to Istiklal Caddesi.

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    Best Panorama in the World!

    by seasonedveteran Updated Apr 26, 2008

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    The golden horn is the area that separates the european and asian shoresides of Istanbul, and leads out to the sea or marmara. The geography is a little fuzzy, but one thing is for sure: It is simply beautiful! I was very lucky, and an acrobatic airplane stunt competition was being held on the water. So I got to see the the planes weaving in and out between the massive pylons with the Blue mosque in the background on the great hilly land.

    The Tower itself is extremely difficult to locate. I had the taxi driver bring me there, but he lied to me and told me it is just around the corner where he dropped me off. in addition , the streets of istanbul on this side of the golden horn are more chaotic, and i soon found myself walking up and down the inclines, twisting and turning in local streets, drinking a very strange dark red vegetable juice, and finally i turned a blind corner there it was in a plain opening! There is an elevator thank God! From the top you can see all the major attractions, boats streaming across the bay, the beautiful sky and birds, and an unparalleled 360 degrees of one of the most ancient and mystifying lands ever. up there i met a russian tourist who equally loved this city. simply breathtaking... I particularly loved to see Topkapi palace shrouded by the forest preserved. That must be prime realestate being salvaged in istanbul.

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    Tower restaurant

    by AlperIst Written Apr 7, 2008

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    Hi Elena,

    You can avoid the touristic show and just visit the balcony for the view.

    Yes, it is true, and I recommend to go there before sunset, when still light but a little touch of brown.

    Cheers.
    Alper

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    GALATA

    by neodue Updated Mar 31, 2008

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    Developing as a commercial centre for more than 700 years.The Karakoy-Galata disctrict once served as the gardens and vineyards for the northern part of the Golden Horn.
    The "Pera" name still used today.
    The name of "Galata" came from Galatians ( Celts)

    Galata or Galatae is a district in Istanbul, the largest city of Turkey. Galata is located at the northern shore of the Golden Horn, the inlet which separates it from the historic peninsula of old Constantinople. The Golden Horn is crossed by several bridges, most notably the Galata Bridge. Galata (also known as Pera back then) was a colony of the Republic of Genoa between 1273 and 1453. The famous Galata Tower was built by the Genoese in 1348 at the northernmost and highest point of the citadel.

    There are several theories concerning the origin of the name Galata. According to the Italians, the name comes from Calata (meaning downward slope) as the district is sloped and goes downwards to the sea from a hilltop. The Greeks believe that the name comes either from Galaktos (meaning milk, as the area was used by shepherds in the early medieval period) or from the word Galat (meaning Celtic in Greek) as the Celtic tribe of Galatians were thought to have camped here during the Hellenistic period before settling into Galatia in central Anatolia. The inhabitants of Galatia are famous for the Epistle to the Galatians and the Dying Galatian statue.


    Arap Mosque, originally built as the Dominican Church of St. Paul in 1233.In history, Galata is often called Pera which comes from the old Greek name for the place, Peran en Sykais, literally 'the Fig Field on the Other Side'. Much later in Byzantine times Galata became significant as the site of the Megalos Pyrgos (Great Tower) from which an iron chain could be raised in times of war to block entry to the Golden Horn. This tower was destroyed during the Fourth Crusade in 1204, but a new tower was later built by the Genoese on a different nearby site as the Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) and survives to this day (see: Galata Tower). From 1273 to 1453, when it was captured by the Ottomans in the Siege of Constantinople, 'Pera' was a Genoese colony. The ruins of the Palace of the Genoese podestà Montano de Marinis, known as the Palazzo del Comune (Palace of the Municipality) in the Genoese period and built in 1314, still stands in a narrow street behind the famous Bankalar Caddesi (Banks Street) which was the financial center of the Ottoman Empire and has rows of Ottoman-era bank buildings, including the headquarters of the Ottoman Central Bank. Several ornaments which were originally on the facade of the Genoese Palace were used to embellish these 19th century bank buildings in the late Ottoman period. Another famous building in Galata is the Church of St. Paul (1233) which was built by the Dominican priests of the Catholic Church during the Latin control of Constantinople (1204-1261). The building is known today as the Arap Camii (Arab Mosque) because it was given by Sultan Bayezid II to the Arabs of Spain who fled the Spanish Inquisition of 1492 and came to Istanbul.

    At present, Galata is a quarter within the borough of Beyoðlu in Istanbul, and is known as Karaköy.

    Galatasaray S.K., one of the most famous football clubs of Turkey, gets its name from this quarter and was established in 1905 in the nearby Galatasaray Square in Pera (Beyoðlu), where Galatasaray Lisesi (Galatasaray High School), formerly known as the Mekteb-i Sultani (School of the Sultans) also stands. Galatasaray literally means Galata Palace

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    a great observatory..

    by marsistanbul Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    Galata tower

    Dated back to 1348,the Galata tower(the Tower of Christ-Christea turris)is between Tunnel(Tunel) and Karakoy district.It is the main tower of Galata district walls,which does not exist today.The first tower was built in the 6th century,the surviving tower that is seen today was built Genoesan people.
    In the 16th century,the tower was also used as a dungeon..
    During the reign of Murad III,the tower was also used as an observatory.Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi,who is the first man to fly in the world,has left Galata tower for swift flight in the air to land in Dogancilar(USKUDAR-ASIA SIDE).
    The tower has 16 stories and observation deck is 51.65 meters high above ground ,conical dome is at 62.59 meters and the top 69.90 meters.
    It has 360' view of the great landscape of historical Istanbul.There is a cafe and restaurant at the top which has a Ottoman night shows for touristic spot.
    open daily 9.ooam-20.oopm
    fee:8/10 YTL(not restaurant or cafe:) it is just entering fee)

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    The Oldest and Most Beautiful

    by FruitLover Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    The oldest and most beautiful tower of Istanbul was constructed on 6th century A.D. by the Emperor Justinian, damaged and reconstructed along the centuries.

    The tower measures 61m from the ground and 140m from sea- level. Three floors of the tower are constructed in the Genoeian style and the upper parts in Turkish style.

    The top of the tower gives you a magnificient view of the city , the Bosphorus, Marmara Sea and the Golden Horn.

    The night club there suggests special dishes of Turkish cuisine, Turkish folk dance groups and belly dancers.

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