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Story of Galata Tower’s History

-Attractions June 8, 2016
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Do you know Galata Tower? İt is ver famous building from Istanbul . If you came to Istanbul,  definetelly you should see it. Because maybe it is one of the greatest built in Istanbul and its in the vicinity is like that. We will try tell to you history of Galata. Before everything sorry my English. I hope you’ll understand.  When you are in Istanbul,  If you want to go Galata Tower and you want to see Galata Tower view first of all you should know one thing. What are the Galata Tower hours? and What is the Galata Tower price? or How much Galata Tower ticket? You can see them which are under this line.

Galata Tower Hours

Galata Tower is open for visitors everyday of week from 09:00 to 19:00

Galata Tower Ticket Price

Galata Tower Ticket, you can see information about Galata tower; its price, its hours etc

Galata Tower Ticket, you can see information about Galata tower; its price, its hours etc

The tickets are 13 TL nearly 4 $

Galata Tower History

One of the landmarks of Istanbul, Galata Tower, built on district’s hill, was used as a lookout tower in the 14th and 15th centruies and commands a magnificent view of the harbour, the entrance to the Bosphorus and the historic city. The upper sections of the tower were constructed in the Turkish era when it was used as fire tower. Its conical cap was restored to its original, 19th century appearence in 1969. A Galata Tower restaurant and the nightclub occupy the upper two storeys, and a balcony surrounds the tower.

And before the read article, there is one funny thing it is about the Glata Tower. Maybe you know maybe not. There is a video games it is about the historical places, and very famous assasin from tha history from the famous cities. Its name is assassin’s creed revelations. Nowadays, this game is so famous around the world and on some part of this game there is chapter that is very hard to pass and it is baout Galata Tower. In the you have to climp Galata Tower, If you want to pass this chapter. And there plus side this game, when you’re playing you can see the Galata Tower view, you shoul know it is amazing. Maybe, we have to thanks the this game  for introduce this structure to whole world, espicially young generation. Yo can see the vide of this game which is under this line.

Galata Tower view 

And again me 🙂 Before read to article, for improve your interest to tower, maybe you can look Galata Tower pictures. We have tried to select best ones 🙂  And you can see amazing view of this tower.

Galata Tower

So, Are you ready to know this amazing structure of Istanbul? lets begin… It was built in place of another tower by Genoese who started settling in Galata from 13th century in 1348. It serves as a head tower, forming the verge of Galata walls in this section which guards Genoese. Along with the raising of the walls in 1446 the tower was also raised. It was collapsed until the level of the brick bands that can be seen on the body during the intense earthquake in 1509. Architect Murat bin Hayrettin renovated the tower, therefore upper parts form 13th meter belongs to Turkish period. Galata tower which served as a dungeon in the reign of Kanuni (1520-66) and a watch tower in reign of Murat III (1574-95), witnessed an interesting event in Murat IV (1623-40); Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flied from the tower to Doğancılar in Üsküdar by using the wings he made.

Height of the tower is over 60 meters and its base diameter is 16,45 m. Thickness of the body wall which was built by rubble stones is 3,75 m.

Top floor started to serve as a restaurant after the addition of an elevator during the renovation in between 1964-67 Nowadays many domestic and foreign tourists visit the Tower because of both the historical importance and its position that dominates the panoramic views of Golden Horn, Bosphorus and Marmara.

Galata Tower Facts And History

The Genoese, who had gradually anglarged the boundaries of the Galata district, took over the Galata Tower area only in 1349. It was at this time that they built the tower here.

The Byzantine resources refer to this tower as the “Great Tower” (Megolas Purgos),  while the Genoese sources refer to it as the tower of Christ (Christea Turris). It was constructed during a turbulent time in the Byzantine Empire by Geneose men and women of all ages, who worked day and night to complete it.

The Byzantines were not happy with this fait accompli, but there was nothing they could do about it. In 1445 or 1446, there was and attempt to anlarge the tower. The Genoese wanted the maintain god relationships with the Turks to oppose their rivals in Middle Eastern trade. They asked the Ottomon ruler Murad II (1421- 1451) for a loan, in order to buy construction materials to add to height of this tower, which they had built during the fortifications of Galata. In return, they agreed to inscrible Murad II’s name on the tower. When the central administration in Italy heard of this Genoese enterprise, they sent an angry letter, stating that they rich enough to finace the fortification and enlargement of the tower.

After Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, the tower was damaged by an earthquake which razed the city. It was repaired by the architect Murad bin Hayrettin. In the 16th century, Galata Tower was used as prison for war prisoners and was part of the shipyard. It is known that in the 17th century the Ottoman inventor Hazerfen (thousand-sience ) Ahmet Çelebi flew from the Galata Tower to Üsküdar, on the other side of the Bosphorus. It is reported that he used 2000 eagle feathers in the artificial wings he invented.

In 1717, a Janissary band was placed here to let the people know when it was midnight. A fire watch station was  also set up in the tower. The fire brigade would use large drums to inform the locals of fire.  Today this wonderfull tower dating back to the Middle Ages Provides tourists with an irresistible view of Istanbul.

Restaurant  Menu and Price

There is a restaourant for visitors. Many visitors asked us, its price and menu. So we want to be helpful for you. Yo can see price and menu of restaurant.

Galata tower restaurant menu and price

Galata tower restaurant menu and price

In The Vicinity of The Galata Tower

 Mevlevi Lodge (Galata Mevlevihanesi) ,It is the first Mevlevihane that was built in Istanbul. It is also known as Kulekapısı (Tower gate) Mevlevihanesi because it is just outside the kulekapısı near the Galata Tower. It was built on the hunting ranch of Iskender Pasha, Vizier of Beyazid II at ridges of Galata in 1491. Mevlevihane consists of mausoleums of Mevlevi dervishes, library, public fountain, water tank and semahane (whirling palace). Interior of the semahane is adorned with rich decorations and has an artistic atmosphere. The gallery floor carried by buttressesand columns surrounds the ceremony place of the square planned semahane, in an octagonal form. Top of the middle part is covered with a timber dome. Mevlevihane was in service until the confinement of all the lodges in Republic period in 1925. It serves as Divan Literature Museum affiliated to Cultural Ministry nowadays. Whirling dervishes make whirling ceremonies a few times a month. You can visit it in 25 minutes.

Galata Bridges, Increasing commercial relations and the transfer of the Ottoman palace from the historical peninsula to Dolmabahce in Besiktas in the 19th century resulted in heavier traffic between Eminonu and Karakoy.  You can visit it in 45 minutes.

Arab Mosque, This mosque is located at the intersection of Tersane Street and Galata Mahkemesi Avenue. This is the larges mosque in the Galta side of Golden Horn. When Istanbul was conquered a chuch stood here.  You can visit it in 15 minutes.

Neve Shalom Synagogue,  The synagogue is located on Büyük Hendek Street in the Kuledibi district. The neve shalom (meaning “peace Oasis” ) Synagogue is the former gymnasium of a jewish school. This area was rented out to be used as a place of worship, particulary on religious holidays during the 1930s when the Keneset (Apollon) and Zulfaris Synagogues could not meet the demands of the rapidly incerasing Jewish population in Galata and Beyoglu. You can visit it in 15 minutes.

The Ottoman Bank Building, The bank is on the Bankalar Street. Until very recently, part of the building were used by the Ottoman Bank, Depertmant of the Treasury. The name has been changed  with the merger of the Ottoman Bank and Garanti Bank. The rest of the building is used by the Central Bank. In 1890, the Ottoman Bank building was built, along with the Reji Administration of Tabacco, by the renowned French Turkish arrchitect Alexander Vallaury. The part of the building that belonged to the bank opened in 1892.

 

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