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Galata Area and Galata Tower

Galata Area and Galata Tower
Galata Tower dates from the time Genoese traders were settled in this part of the city, and its unique witches hat roof towers over the restored streets below that house many small restaurants and bars. Galata is believed to have been named because the Greek word “gala” means milk and a milk market once stood at this site. The area immediately surrounding the tower is called Kuledibi which literally means “the bottom of the tower”. 

Galata Tower ( Galata Kulesi )

Emperor Justinian erected the first tower on this site in 528 but it was the Genoese during 1348-1349 that started building the 61m tall tower you see today. At that time it was known as the “Tower of Christ” and
formed part of the walls separating what was really a different town that faced Constantinople across the Bosphorus . The tower served as a prison during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (1494-1566), went on to accommodate the Mehter, the Ottoman military band and became a lighthouse in the 20th century.
Today the tower offers visitors a 360˚ view of Istanbul along with a restaurant and nightclub.


It was from here that the first intercontinental flight took place when Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi attached homemade wings to himself and flew from the top of the tower, which is in Europe, to Dogancilar Meydanı, Uskudar in Asia; unfortunately Sultan Murad IV exiled him to Algeria because of this stunt.

Bereketzade Foutain

The small square at the bottom of the tower has undergone recent restoration and is a very popular meeting place, especially by the lovely Bereketzade fountain. This fountain was donated to a mosque by Bereketzade Hacı Ali Aga following the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 when he became the first Turkish governor of Galata . The fountain was rebuilt in 1732 and moved to this site in the 1950s and has been set into a small piece of remains from the barbican that once backed the tower.

Beyoglu Hospital

The Beyoglu Hospital was once the British Hospital and is housed inside an early 20th century building and what was the British prison has been renovated into a Georgian restaurant.
 

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