Galata Tower: Istanbul Beneath Your Wings
The Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of İstanbul, Turkey. The name Galata comes from the Italian word “calata” or “the road leading down to the sea”, possibly because of the slight slope of the section between Tunel to the shores of Halic. The Galata Tower was the tallest building in Istanbul when it was built in 528.
From the top of the tower you can see all seven hills of İstanbul. The Tower is visible from almost every corner of city, and you can see an excellent view. With just a little bit of imagination, you can feel like a Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, which is the most well known story in Ottoman history.
In the 17th century; Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi attempted to fly from the GalataTower to Uskudar with wings attached to his arms. After working on this project for many years, he succeeded one fine day, when the winds carried him all the way over the Bosphorous to Uskudar. After this spectacular event, the locals referred to the tower as the Hezarfen Tower for quite some time. Besides, there is a nice film about Hezarfen Çelebi, directed by Mustafa Altıoklar in 1996, named İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında.
Consequently the Galata Tower as both history and view is the most beautiful historical build in İstanbul.