Galata Tower | The History

What can I tell you about the Galata Tower.  It was built in 507 by the Byzantium Emperor Anastasius and was called the Lighthouse Tower.

Galata Tower

View of the Galata Tower from the Galata Bridge

Over the centuries it has been rebuilt and passed through many Sultan’s hands and used for various things.  In the 15th century the tower was used as a dungeon and in the 16th century it was used as a fire tower.

But most famously the tower was use by Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi who made himself a pair of wooden wings and jumped from the tower in the 17th century.  Surprisingly he didn’t go splat and became the first man to fly, he made it from the Tower across to Üsküdar.

In 1832 the tower was damaged by fire and was restored by Mahmut the Second and has gone through several restorations since then.

Today the 67 meter tower is used as a tourist attraction and is now named after the district which is stands in called Galata.

The Tower offers wonderful panoramic views, you can see the Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula, the Bosphorus and both the Galata Bridge and the Bosphorus Bridge.  The Tower has a lovely restaurant where you can enjoy a meal while looking out over the city of Istanbul.  In the evening the Tower is a lovely place of an evening meal and to enjoy the evening entertainments and night views of the city.

I recommended you take at least on trip up the Tower you  get a great perspective of Istanbul and of the vast size of the city.  The Tower is open from 9am till 12pm and cost around 11 lira entry. Galata Tower Website


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