Galata Tower

Galata Tower, one of the  first buildings that comes to mind when it comes to Istanbul, is considere done of the oldest towers in the world. The structure, which has been observing the city for hundreds of years with its imposing structure, tells the stories about Istanbul’s history and gives the privilege to watch the uniqueview.

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  • Information

The historical building, which is a must for Istanbul list, has a height of 69,90 meters. The walls have a thickness of 3.75 meters and the inner diameter of thetower is 8,95 and the outer diameter is 16,45 meters. The body of the building, which was constructed using untreatedrubble, is estimated to be about 10 thousand tons.

It is believed that the name of the tower, which was called the Megalos Pyrgos of the Byzantines, and the Christtea Turris of the Genoese, was derived from the word Cen gala Kul, which means a milk Kul in Greek. The name of the word giving the name of the Thrace or Italian, there are opinions about the Italian.

For Galata, like the Basilica Cistern and the Maiden’s Tower, the people of Istanbul also created legends. The first of these urban legends, which increased the interest in the structure by spreading over large masses over time, is on marriage. Formerly among the public, the first time you exit the tower with your loved one is believed to be married with that person.

Another legend tells the story of love between Galata and the Maiden’s Tower. According to the legend, the tower of the graceful Girl Tower, bored with solitude in the middle of the sea, notices the handsome Galata when she looks at the city and is held to her. Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi is the ambassador of the ever-increasing love of the two towers. When the day to jump, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi, who came up to him, whispered the name of his distant love, Galata whispered to him and asked him to fly away and pass on the poems he wrote.

  • History

The Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque together with the Galata Tower, which is one of the most interesting buildings of Istanbul, was built by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius Oilosuz. When it was completed in 528, it was benefited from the wooden structure as a lighthouse tower. However, the fire disaster in the region has made the structure completely unusable.

When the calendars showed the year 1348, the Genoese built the tower again using stone. The iconic structure used for long-term defense began to serve for different purposes after the city passed to Ottoman rule in 1453. Galata was the shelter of the shipyard prisoners in the 16th century and was converted into the Mehteran Quarry to inform the midnight of the 18th century.

The tower, which began to be used to inform the city of fires in 1874, was periodically repaired during the Ottoman rule. The importance of observing the source of this importance given to the structure and its chance to observe the whole city due to its location is big. Galata Tower, the appearance of the present work, II. It was built in Mahmut.

The building, which is always crowded, was acquired in 1967 by tourism. Many shopping and eating and drinking venues have been opened in the vicinity of the tower, which is the hub of local and foreign travelers.

  • Legends of Galata Tower

There are 2 legends about Istanbul’s famous Galata tower.
  »According to the Romans’ beliefs bu If a man and a woman come together for the first time at the Galata tower, they will definitely get married if the one of the two people came out alone, this talisman would be broken.
  »Another myth is the love of the Maiden Tower and the Galata Tower. The two are said to have challenged for centuries because of their feelings.

  • Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi

We cannot pass on the story of Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi, who is talking about Galata Tower and which is the subject of TV series. According to Evliya Çelebi’s Book of Travels, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi made the first intercontinental flight in history from the Galata Tower. Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi, who made his first flight experience by wearing wooden wings in his arms, left himself to the space in the gap between Galata Tower.

  • Where does Galata come from?

It’s hard to say something about it. There are a few stories about this. The first of these is that the Gauls came to settle here and took their names from them.

The second is that the Galatians take the name of their people, even if they think it is just name similarity. This seems to be the least unlikely among them.

According to a third rumor in the vicinity of the Byzantine period, milking is very common and milk is the name of the name of the name Galesu.

  • Restaurant

You can also visit Istanbul to enjoy a pleasant dinner with your beloved ones except to watch the city view or increase your history. The restaurant is located on the 9th floor of the building and consists of unique tastes of Ottoman and Turkish cuisine.

Local and foreign tourists from time to time show great interest, the possibility of having a free table at the restaurant reduces the likelihood. In order not to be affected by this situation, you can book the call center of Beltur, the restaurant’s operator. Beltur, an affiliate of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, can provide detailed information about the subject. 444 66 44.

  • Where is Galata Tower and how to get there?

The historical building, which offers its visitors panoramic views of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus, is located on the top of Karaköy. The location, which can be considered as the center of the tower near Istiklal Street, which has many entertainment venues, and the banks of the banks which have architecturally beautiful buildings, makes the transportation quite easy.

If you want to walk to Istiklal Street, you should follow the road down the street before Tünel and follow the road down. Those who want to reach Galata by Eminönü need to spend some hours trying to enjoy the slope. There are shops where you can buy souvenirs on this route.

The only method that will allow you to reach the tower without traffic problems is to use the subway. After you get off at the Şişhane Stop of the Metron, you should take a short walk of about 300 meters to get to the building in the direction of Refik Saydam Street. Especially when you walk down the road in the evening, you will have the chance to enjoy the magnificent view of the tower.

There are many car parks in the area. Therefore, you can reach the tower with your own vehicle without worrying about the parking problem. A route to those who want to go to Galata with special vehicles.

  • Entrance Fee

Galata Tower Entrance Fee was officially announced in 2019. There are 3 different fare types: Student, Full and Tourist.

The prices applied to local tourists are 7.5 TL for students and 15 TL for civilian citizens.

The entrance fee for foreign tourists is 25 TL. Fees are collected at the entrance of the Galata Tower.

  • Visiting Days and Hours

Every day of the week, the tower is accepted as a visitor. The historic building, which can be visited from 09.00 in the morning, is open until 19.00 in the evening. The restaurant, where you can enjoy a pleasant dinner, starts serving at 20.00 after the closing of the tower.

During your visit, especially in good weather, especially when you go out on the navigation terrace, do not forget to move by looking at one-way signs.

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