Galata Tower

Galata Tower

Galata Tower, also called Christea Turris, is a medieval stone tower located in the Galata quarter of Istanbul, Turkey. It was built as Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) in 1348 AD during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. The upper section of the tower with the conical cap was slightly modified in several restorations during the Ottoman period when it was used as an observation tower for spotting fires.

Site Information

Country: Turkey

District: Istanbul Province

Category: Castles and Fortresses

Site History: 14th Century AD

Oldest Culture: Genoese

Later Cultures: Islamic

Site Features: Genoese & Islamic Monuments


UNESCO Tentative List

Part of: Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea

Date of Submission: 2013

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