Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) dominated Beyoglu (district) since 1348 it was built as part of a Genoese colony served as a fortification and observation tower. After the Ottomans conquered Istanbul in 1453, became a prison tower and barn water. During the nineteenth century served as the observation point to the frequent fires that took place in the city since there were many wooden houses.
From the tower you can see a panoramic view of the city wonder. To climb the tower you can use one of two elevators that will lead up to the 7th floor of the tower. There have to climb some more steps to reach the balcony of the tower.
When you get off the elevator, you can find a legend that an aviator Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi, in 1348, flew with wings made him man of the Galata Tower over the Bosphorus to Üsküdar (on the Asian side) in a total a flight of 3.3 km. Although current scientific discoveries show us that this was (and still is) impossible, Sultan Murad IV was so impressed, but scared at the same time that capacity airmen sent him into exile in Algeria.
Tower's upper floors are used by a restaurant and a cafe, there still is held in the evening with performances specifically Turkish.
By Maria Morari
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