Galata Tower, one of the symbols of Istanbul with its mesmerising view of the peninsula, receives many visitors from around the world. Originally named the Tower of Christ…

Galata Tower still offering the best panoramic views of Istanbul!

Galata Tower, one of the symbols of Istanbul with its mesmerising view of the peninsula, receives many visitors from around the world

Galata Tower, one of the symbols of Istanbul with its mesmerising view of the peninsula including sites like the Bosporus, Golden Horn, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, receives more and more visitors from around the world.

Originally named the Tower of Christ, the GalataTower attracts Italians in the greatest numbers, followed by French, Spanish and German tourists.

“I think the only answer to the question ‘Where is the best place to view Istanbul’s historical and natural beauties?’ is ‘Galata Tower,'” said a young Italian boy named Angelo. “The view from the 67-meter high tower is like nothing else in the world.  A visit to the tower in the evening hours reveals a different beauty: the sunset.”

The tower was built by the Genoese who settled in the region and strengthened their position in the 14th and 15th centuries. Upon the conquest of Istanbul, the tower was first used as a prison and then a warehouse for vessels.

The nine-story tower is 66.90 meters tall and was the city’s tallest structure when it was built. The elevation at ground level is 35 meters above sea-level. The tower has an external diameter of 16.45 meters at the base, an 8.95 meter inside diameter, and 3.75 meter thick walls.

Most of the walls are long gone, but the great tower remains.

Touring inside, Turkish youngster Serhat says the tower offers the best panoramic views of the city. “You must visit here to watch the amazing scenery of Istanbul. If possible, go early in the morning when it is not too crowded. While looking around, you understand why they chose this place 1,500 years ago.”

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