Anyone who has visited the city of Istanbul in Turkey must have encountered or enchanted by the panoramic city scene with its strait, its bay, its mosques, its palaces and its tower, Galata Tower, the landmark of Istanbul, and one of the features of its identity among tourists and around the world.
Galata Tower is considered one of the most important and beautiful tourist attractions in Istanbul and Turkey, so it appears in most of its photos and advertisements and on the various goods that are sold as souvenirs from the city to its visitors.
Galata Tower site in Istanbul and how to get there:
Galata Tower is located in Istanbul at the end of its most famous street, Istiklal Street, adjacent to Taksim Square, the heart of the city, in its European section, of course, in the Galata region near Karakoy, overlooking the Bay of the Golden Horn.
You can go to or reach Galata Tower:
From Taksim Square easily on foot via Istiklal Street or by the famous historical Istanbul tramway
You can also get to the Tower from anywhere else in the city via the subway and get off at Sisane station
overview of the Galata Tower in Istanbul:
It is believed that the Galata Tower in Istanbul was built in the sixth century AD, but the exact date of its construction is not known exactly, and the accounts differ about the time and reasons for the construction of this tower, as it is said that it was built between the time of Emperor Estonians in the year 507 AD and the Byzantines called it the name of the Great Tower, but in the time of the Genoese in 1348, it was rebuilt so that it became close to its current shape and was reformed in the Ottoman era in 1509 AD by the architect Khair al-Din
It is said that the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent used the Galata Tower as a prison for the ruled in the sixteenth century in what then became an astronomical observatory by the astronomer Taqi al-Din and then returned to be a second prison by Sultan Murad III
Many tales revolve around this tower, and it is said that Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, who lived in the seventeenth century, made the first attempt to fly from the Galata Tower in Istanbul, through the artificial wings he made himself.
It is also said that Ismail Jawhari, who lived in the tenth century AD, was the first inspiration for Celebi to try it, as Celebi worked on analyzing and checking the results that Jawhari reached, and also worked on examining the durability of the wings in the Okmeydan in Istanbul, before the flight experience.
In 1632 Celebi managed to fly from the Galata Tower to Uskudar, covering a distance of 3,358 meters, making it one of the most prominent figures who tried to fly throughout history.
Sections of the Galata Tower in Istanbul:
Galata Tower is considered one of the most important symbols of the historical and touristic city of Istanbul. Its height is 69.90 meters, the thickness of its walls is 3.75 m, the thickness of its inner door is 8.95, and the length of the outer door is 16.45 meters.
The Galata Tower includes nine floors, where you can climb to the first two floors by stairs, while the rest of the seven floors have a special elevator to climb to
As for the last floor of the tower, it contains a restaurant that offers many traditional Turkish food and drinks.
A visitor to this restaurant in Galata Tower will enjoy the panoramic view of Istanbul in front of it where you can see the Bosporus Strait and Bridge, Sultan Ahmed Square and the entire Bay region, which is the most spectacle that can show the beauty and charm of Istanbul.
It is worth mentioning that the Galata Tower entered the temporary world heritage list in 2013 and today it is one of the most important historical tourist attractions around the world and is considered one of the most important points of attraction for tourists in Istanbul, especially since it is located on Istiklal Street, which does not sleep.