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Galata Tower

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ImageThe Byzantine era saw the region being conquered by  Genoese who built the Galata Tower as a watch tower in the middle of the wall for defense purposes. At the time, the tower was called "Jesus Tower" and it originally had a spire and a large cross on its top. The Galata Tower served  as a watchtower for defense purposes and was also a part of the communication system, built by Romans and then inherited by the Byzantines. Communication used to take place by building fires at high and easily seen places. Galata Tower has a non-Islamic architectural style. The Galata Tower was built in 1348 and provides the best panoramic views of the city. The Tower is 61 meters tall and 140 meters above sea level. The upper floors now have a restaurant-nightclub and a panorama balcony. There is an elevator to climb the first 7 floors and then you need to climb two more floors to visit the panorama balcony.

Timings: Historic gate daily 9.00-01.00
Panorama Balcony - Daily 09.00 - 17.00 (19.00 in the summer)
Location: Sisane
Admission: Elevator to the top 8 YTL 

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