Galata Tower The Meeting Point of History and Spectacular Views History

Galata Tower The Meeting Point of History and Spectacular Views 

By SU Magazin / 2024-05-22

One of the most iconic landmarks of Istanbul, Galata Tower has been hosting panoramic views of the city for centuries. Built by Byzantine Emperor Justinianos in 507-508, the tower has been used for many different purposes throughout its history and has become an important part of the city. 

History of Galata Tower 

The history of Galata Tower dates back to the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. In 507-508, a wooden tower called "Megali Pyrgos" (Great Tower) was built. This tower was built to protect the city against attacks from the sea. 

In 1204, Galata was captured by the Genoese during the Fourth Crusade and became a Genoese colony. In 1348-1349, the Genoese started to build a stone tower to replace the wooden tower. This tower, called "Christea Turris" (Christ Tower), was raised by the Ottoman Empire in 1445-1446. 

When Mehmet the Conqueror conquered Istanbul, the Galata Tower also came under Ottoman control. The tower continued to be used as a watchtower. In 1509, a fire damaged the wooden roof of the tower and in 1582, an earthquake partially destroyed the tower. The tower was repaired after both events. 

In the 17th century, the Galata Tower was used for astronomy and geodesy studies. In the 18th century, a clock was added to the tower. In the 19th century, the number of tourists climbing the tower began to increase. 

In the 18th century, various repair works were carried out on the Galata Tower. During the restoration in 1964-1967, the interior and exterior of the tower were renovated, and a restaurant was added to the top of the tower. In 2020, the foundations of the tower were strengthened, and the exterior was restored. 

Today, Galata Tower is one of the most important touristic symbols of Istanbul. Millions of tourists visit the tower every year. From the top of the tower, it is possible to enjoy a magnificent view of Istanbul.  

Architectural Features 

The 66.90 meter high and 9-storey Galata Tower was built with masonry stone and wooden frame system. There is a cone-shaped roof at the top of the tower. The observation terrace on the top floor offers visitors a breathtaking view of Istanbul. 

Importance of Galata Tower 

Featured in Leonardo da Vinci's drawing "Vitruvian Man" and Jules Verne's novel "Around the World in 80 Days", Galata Tower is one of the most important symbols of Istanbul. Also featured in many movies and TV series, the tower is an important part of the city's historical and cultural heritage. 

Visit Galata Tower 

Galata Tower is a must-visit place to have an unforgettable experience about the history and beauty of Istanbul. You can meet one of the most iconic symbols of the city by enjoying its magnificent view, historical atmosphere, and pleasant atmosphere. 

You can choose Sura Hotels for a comfortable and pleasant stay while experiencing the magical atmosphere of Galata Tower. Located in the heart of the historical peninsula, Sura Hotels offers an unforgettable accommodation experience with its modern and stylish rooms, friendly service, and unique view. 

While staying at Sura Hotels, you will be just a few steps away from Galata Tower. You can also enjoy spectacular views of the city from the hotel's terrace. For online reservations, please visit