Winter in Istanbul: Galata Tower

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Sunday 02 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

One of the highlights of a trip to Istanbul, is to tick your way through the list of historical mega-sights such as Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Sultan Ahmed (Blue) Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Cistern of Philoxenos, to name a few.

All along I said this wasn’t to be ‘tourists’ view of Istanbul, but please allow me to indulge on this one occasion. For today we see the famous Galata Tower!

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The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi in Turkish) — called Christea Turris (the Tower of Christ in Latin) by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn‘s junction with the Bosphorus. One of the city’s most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul’s historic peninsula and its environs.

Source: Wikipedia

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So that was the bit the guidebooks would tell you… but here’s what we (me and small person that day) saw on our two-continent adventure walkabout.

First of all we learned that’s a fair climb through the narrow streets from Galata Bridge to the the base of Galata Tower. And then there it is, rising up 66.9 metres (219 ft) in all its 1348 glory! 

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Back in 1348 it was the tallest building in İstanbul.

Even now it still holds its own on the skyline.

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These next few images were taken ‘inside’. There is a lift of course these days, but we did manage to find the tiny narrow and claustrophobic stairs for the descent 🙂

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But the main highlight is not the tower itself, but the stunning view over two continents that the tower’s elevation affords. Shame it’s always so busy, I could have stayed up there all day long.

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4 thoughts on “Winter in Istanbul: Galata Tower

  1. […] I took featuring the Bosphorus are the most iconic for me. This first one was taken from atop the Galata Tower, and therefore is looking south, from Europe across to […]

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  2. Yvonne says:

    What did the small person think of the adventure?

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