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Galata Tower in Istanbul (Turkey)

Address: Galata Meydanı Galata
Web: http://www.galatatower.net
Part of the world: Europe
Country: Turkey (see more Tower in Turkey)
City: Istanbul (see more Tower in Istanbul)
Type of place: Sights
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The Galata Tower (Turkish Galata Kulesi), also called Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) by the Genoese and Megalos Pyrgos (Great Tower) by the Byzantines, is located in Istanbul, Turkey, north of the Golden Horn one of the most striking of the city, dominates the skyline of Galata. The tower has a height of 66.9 m (62.59 m without the auction) and consists of nine floors. When built, it became the tallest structure in town. The base of the tower is 35 m above sea level. Has a diameter of 16.45 m in the base, with 8.95 m inside diameter and wall of 3.75 m wide. The plant is located gazebo 51.65 m. The tower called Turris Christea originally was built in 1348 as part of the expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. It was the tallest building of the fortifications surrounding the Genoese citadel of Galata. The current tower is not the same as the old Tower of Galata, originally Byzantine, named Megalos Pyrgos and controlled the northern edge of the sea at the entrance of the Golden Horn was in a different place and was destroyed during the Fourth Crusade, in 1204.
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