Galata Tower – Turkey

Galata Tower, Istanbul, Turkey

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. It is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul’s historic peninsula and its environs.

The nine-story Galata Tower is 66.9m-high and was originally built as a lighthouse by the Byzantines in the fifth century. It was destroyed in 1204, rebuilt by the Genoese in the 13th century and later modified during the Ottoman Empire. Over the years the tower has been renovated and the lighting installation was undertaken without affecting access to public areas inside and around the tower. 3D Light Show is one of its popular events that will blow your minds away.