Galata Tower, Standing Strong from the Ottoman Era Until Now

Istanbul

If there is the most historic building in Turkey, it must be the Galata Tower. This tower was founded in 1348 and is able to survive until now 674 years later!

Galata Tower or Galata Kulesi is located in Beyoglu district, Istanbul, Turkey. First built in 1348 with a height of 66.9 meters, this tower is the highest point in Constantinople (the city’s name before it was changed to Istanbul).

But it is believed, this tower has actually existed since the 5th century in the Byzantine era under the name Magalos Pyrgos (The Great Tower). From the top of this tower, a traveler can see a 360-degree view of the city of Istanbul from various sides. In ancient times, this tower was used as a monitoring tower to watch the enemy from a distance.

Galata Tower was built in ancient Roman style. It was first built as the Christea Turris or Tower of Christ. In the 16th century, this tower was used as a prison. It had collapsed and suffered severe damage several times due to the crusades, fires and earthquakes, but since 2020, this tower has been restored and opened into a museum that can be visited by travelers.

Travelers can go up to the top of this tower. But before going up to the top, buy a ticket first. The queue of tourists to buy tickets to enter the museum is quite long, especially on weekends, so please be patient.

Galata Tower ticket queue in Istanbul, Turkey Photo: Wahyu Setyo Widodo/detikTravel

The ticket price is 175 Lira or around Rp. 144 thousand per person, but if you add an audio guide, the price is 215 Lira or Rp. 177 thousand.

Galata Tower is now equipped with an elevator, so travelers don’t have to bother climbing stairs to the top. Travelers can take the elevator up to the 6th floor, then to get to the top of the tower can use the stairs.

On the 7th floor, a traveler can see a mockup of the city of Istanbul as a whole. From this mockup, we can see that from the Galata tower, we can see so many iconic buildings in the city of Istanbul.

View of Istanbul from Galata . TowerView of Istanbul from Galata Tower Photo: Wahyu Setyo Widodo/detikTravel

From a distance, a traveler can see the Hagia Sophia Mosque which stands proudly on a hill. Not far from Hagia Sophia, there is the Blue Mosque which is no less iconic. Also there is the Galata Bridge and also the Ataturk Bridge which connects mainland Turkey which is divided by the Bosphorus Strait.

Up one more floor to the 8th floor, a traveler can see a 360-degree view of the city of Istanbul directly. Travelers can also take photos at Observation Deck this. Because there are quite a lot of tourists, travelers must queue.

View of Istanbul from Galata . TowerView of Istanbul from Galata Tower Photo: Wahyu Setyo Widodo/detikTravel

Oh yeah, don’t drop things from the top of this tower, then you want to pick it up yourself, just tell the officers and they will swiftly help the traveler.

You could say, this Galata tower is the icon of the city of Istanbul. It’s not complete to visit Istanbul but not to visit the Galata tower.

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