Galata Tower

The Galata Tower (Turkish: Galata Kulesi), officially the Galata Kulesi Museum (Turkish: Galata Kulesi Müzesi), is an old Genoese tower in the Galata part of the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Turkey. Built as a watchtower at the highest point of the (lost) Walls of Galata,[1] the tower is now an exhibition space and museum, and a symbol of Beyoğlu and Istanbul.

Galata Tower
Galata Kulesi
Galata Tower (January 2021)
Former namesTurris Sancte Crucis (Holy Cross Tower)
General information
Type
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Coordinates41°1′32.36″N 28°58′26.96″E
Completed1348
Renovated
  • 1453
  • 1510
  • 1794
  • 1832
  • 1875
  • 1965-1967
  • 1999-2000
  • 2020
OwnerDirectorate General of Foundations
ManagementOfficial website
Height
Architectural62.59 m (205 ft)
Top floor40.04 m (131 ft)
Dimensions
DiameterInterior: 8.95 m (29.4 ft)
Exterior: 16.45 m (54.0 ft)
Technical details
Structural systemMasonry
MaterialStone
Floor count11 (including the basement, the ground floor and the mezzanine)
Lifts/elevators2
Grounds208 m2 (2,240 sq ft)

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