Turkey – Galata Tower, the compass for tourists to Istanbul
Location: Istanbul – Turkey
Source: A24 in Turkey
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Galata Tower is the compass for tourists coming to Turkey, to embrace the charm of Istanbul.
The tower is a historic landmark, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful towers in the historical city, its construction dates back to the Middle Ages.
Galata Tower attracts residents and foreigners to take unique souvenir photos, as its high altitude provides a panoramic view of Istanbul, from a height of about 67 meters, showing tourists a full scenery of the charming beauty of the city.
The famous Galata Tower is located in the Galata neighborhood, hence its name. It has become one of the most important tourist symbols of Istanbul.
Anyone who climbs to the top of the tower can see a clear panoramic view of the Istanbul Bridge connecting the Asian and European sections, as well as the Gulf Bridge, in the Taksim district, on the European side of Istanbul.
There is no accurate information about the year of the construction of the famous Galata Tower with its beautiful geometric shape, but some historical Turkish sources say that it was built in 507 AD. The tower was restored during the era of the Ottoman Empire in 1509, after the earthquake that struck Istanbul at the time, by Ottoman architect “Khair al-Din”, student of the famous architect “Sinan”.
An interesting story about the Galata Tower that is still told among Turks, is that the tower is the place where Hazfran Ahmed Shalabi, who lived during the seventeenth century, chose to try his first attempt to fly through artificial wings that he installed himself.
– Soundbite (Aslan – Turkish citizen)
“Galata Tower is a historical place. It is very beautiful. I was born and raised here. Although I live in the Asian side of Istanbul, I always come here. The building depicts heritage. There are also old schools here.”
– Soundbite (Alif – a Turkish citizen)
“Galata area is one of the most famous places in Istanbul. Tourists come here often to visit this place. It is the most beautiful tower. The area is close to Eminonu and I believe it is perfect for picnics.”
– Soundbite (Kenan – Turkish citizen)
“I do not know how to begin to describe the beauty of this place. It is the most beautiful place in Istanbul. I come here every time I visit from Urfa. Everyone should come to this place, they are most welcome.”