Galata Tower

The Galata Tower (Turkish: Galata Kulesi) or with the current official name Galata Kulesi Museum (Turkish: Galata Kulesi Müzesi) is a tower in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Turkey. It's namesake is the quarter that it's located, Galata. Built as a watchtower as a part of the Walls of Galata, the tower is currently being used as an exhibition place and a museum. It's one of the symbols of Beyoğlu and Istanbul.

Galata Tower
Galata Kulesi
Galata Tower (January 2021)
Former namesTurris Sancte Crucis (Holy Cross Tower)
General information
TypeWatchtower (former) · observation tower (former) · fire tower (former) · touristic building · museum · exhibition place
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Coordinates41°1′32.36″N 28°58′26.96″E
Renovated1453 · 1510 · 1794 · 1832 · 1875 · 1965-1967 · 1999-2000 · 2020
OwnerDirectorate General of Foundations
Architectural62.59 m (205 ft)
Top floor40.04 m (131 ft)
DiameterInterior: 8.95 m (29.4 ft)
Exterior: 16.45 m (54.0 ft)
Technical details
Structural systemMasonry
Floor count11 (including the basement, the ground floor and the mezzanine)
Grounds208 m2 (2,240 sq ft)

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