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Galata Tower

Galata Tower
Galata Kulesi
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Galata Tower (January 2021)
Former namesTurris Sancte Crucis (Holy Cross Tower)
General information
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Coordinates41°1?32.36?N 28°58?26.96?E / 41.0256556°N 28.9741556°E / 41.0256556; 28.9741556
  • 1453
  • 1510
  • 1794
  • 1832
  • 1875
  • 1965-1967
  • 1999-2000
  • 2020
OwnerDirectorate General of Foundations
ManagementOfficial website
Architectural62.59 m (205 ft)
Top floor40.04 m (131 ft)
DiameterInterior: 8.95 m (29.4 ft)
Exterior: 16.45 m (54.0 ft)
Technical details
Structural systemMasonry
Floor count11 (including the basement, the ground floor and the mezzanine)
Grounds208 m2 (2,240 sq ft)

The Galata Tower (Turkish: Galata Kulesi), officially the Galata Kulesi Museum (Turkish: Galata Kulesi Müzesi), is an old Genoese tower in the Galata part of the Beyo?lu district of Istanbul, Turkey. Built as a watchtower at the highest point of the (lost) Walls of Galata,[1] the tower is now an exhibition space and museum, and a symbol of Beyo?lu and Istanbul.


During the Byzantine period the Emperor Justinian had a tower erected in what was to become Galata. This tower was destroyed during the Fourth Crusade in 1204.

In 1267 a Genoese colony was established in the Galata part of Constantinople. It was surrounded by walls and the Galata Tower was first built at their highest point as the Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) in Romanesque style[2][3] in 1348 during an expansion of the colony. At the time the Galata Tower, at 219.5 ft (66.9 m), was the tallest building in the city.[4]

After the Turkish Conquest of Constantinople in 1453, the Genoese colony was abolished and the walls pulled down. The tower was allowed to survive and was turned into a prison. It was from its roof that, in 1638, Hezarfen Ahmed Çelebi supposedly strapped on wings and made the first intercontinental flight, landing in the Do?anc?lar Meydan? in Üsküdar on the Asian side of the city, a story of doubtful authenticity recounted by the Ottoman travel writer, Evliya Çelebi.

From 1717, the Ottomans used the tower to look out for fires (on the Old Istanbul side of the city the Beyaz?t Tower served the same function). In 1794, during the reign of Sultan Selim III, the roof was reinforced in lead and wood, but the stairs were severely damaged by a fire. Another fire damaged the building in 1831, after which further restoration work took place.

In 1875, the tower's conical roof was destroyed during a storm.[5][6] It remained without this roof for the rest of the Ottoman period but, many years later, during restoration work between 1965 and 1967, the conical roof was reconstructed.[5][6] At the same time the tower's wooden interior was replaced with a concrete structure and it was opened to the public.[][7]

In 2020 the Tower was controversially restored then reopened as a museum. [8]

It is mainly popular for the 360-degree view of Istanbul visible from its observation deck.

Panoramic view from the observation deck of the Galata Tower during the late Ottoman period
View of the Golden Horn and the Seraglio Point (Sarayburnu) from Galata Tower


The nine-story tower is 62.59 m (205.3 ft) excluding the ornament on the top. The observation deck is at 51.65 m (169.5 ft). The tower is 61 m (200 ft) above sea-level. It has an external diameter of 16.45 m (54.0 ft) at the base, an inside diameter of 8.95 m (29.4 ft), and walls that are 3.75 m (12.3 ft) thick.


See also


  1. ^ "Galata Tower and the Walls of Galata". Retrieved 2022.
  2. ^ "Galata Kulesi hikayesi" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. Retrieved 2022.
  3. ^ "M?MAR?'DE TARZ ve ÜSLUP ÖRNEKLEMELER?" (in Turkish). ?REN ELÇ?SOY ARCHITECTURE. Retrieved 2022.
  4. ^ Katie Hallam (2009). The Traveler's Atlas: Europe. London: Barron's Educational Series.(2009), p. 118-119.
  5. ^ a b "Time Out Istanbul: "Galata Kulesi'nin eski foto?raflarda neden farkl? göründü?ünü merak ettiniz mi?"". Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Galata Kulesi: K?sa Tarihçe" Archived 2014-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Istanbul's iconic tower reopens after restoration", Hurriyet Daily News, 7 October 2020. (Retrieved 27 November 2022.)

Further reading

  • Arseven, Celal Esat (1989). Eski Galata ve Binalar? (in Turkish) (with new letters ed.). Istanbul: Çelik Gülersoy Vakf? ?stanbul Kütüphanesi Yay?nlar?. ISBN 9757512044.
  • Bilginer, Recep (April 1959). "Galata Kulesi". ?ETT Dergisi (in Turkish). No. 31. pp. 26-27.
  • Demiröz, Yasin; Acarkan, Bora (2016). Tarihi yap?larda d cephe ayd?nlatmas? ve Galata Kulesi uygulamas? (PDF). Elektrik, Elektronik ve Biyomedikal Mühendisli?i Konferans? (in Turkish). Bursa. pp. 110-114.
  • Gündüz, Do?an (June 2004). "Galata Kulesi'ndeki saatleri ayarlama küresi". Toplumsal Tarih (in Turkish). No. 126.
  • Erkins, Ziya (1970). Galata Kulesi (in Turkish). Istanbul: Yörük Matbaas?.
  • Galata Kulesi ve Çevresi Bölge Düzenleme Projesi (in Turkish). Istanbul: Beyo?lu Belediye Ba?kanl Yay?nlar?. 1988.
  • "Art?k bizim de bir Eiffel'imiz var: Galata Kulesi". Hayat (in Turkish). No. 27. 26 June 1969. pp. 16-17.
  • "Fener... Zindan... Yang?n kulesi... ?imdi de turistik tesis: Galata Kulesi". Hayat (in Turkish). No. 39. 23 September 1965. pp. 16-17.
  • Arifo?lu, Nergiz (19 March 2018). "Galata Kulesi'nin ayd?nlatma tasar?m? süreçleri" (in Turkish). Kaynak Elektrik. Archived from the original on 24 March 2018.
  • The Apes Of Galata - NFT Projesi (23 Nisan 2022)

External links

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