Galata Tower

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Galata Tower

Galata Tower is one of the oldest towers in the world and it was built by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius in 528 as the Fener Tower. The tower, which was extensively destroyed in the 4th Crusade in 1204, was rebuilt in 1348 by Genoese in addition to the walls of Galata by using masonry stones under the name of “Jesus Tower”. When it was rebuilt in 1348, it became the largest building in the city.

Galata tower was raised between 1445-1446. The tower was renovated and repaired almost every century after it was conquered by the Turks. It was used as a shelter for the Christian prisoners of war, operated in the shipyards of Kasımpasa in the 16th century. With the permission of Sultan Murat III, the observatory was established here by the astrologer Takiyuddin, but this observatory was closed in 1579.

In the first half of the 17th century, in the period of Murat IV. , Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew from Galata Tower to Üsküdar Doğancılar in 1638 after made some flight exercises in Okmeydanı by wearing eagle wings made of wood. This flight was met with interest in Europe, and engravings showing this flight were made in England.

The tower has been used as a fire watchtower since 1717. The fire was reported by playing a large drum so that the public could hear it. Most of the tower burned in a fire that broke out during the Selim III period. The repaired tower was damaged and repaired in another fire in 1831. In 1875, the cone was overthrown in a storm. Galata Tower took its present appearance with the last restoration work that started in 1965 and finished in 1967. The history of the Galata Tower does not fit on this page. Evaluate the privilege of accommodation at our boutique hotels in Besiktas right next to the history and discover the history of Istanbul on the spot.