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Galata Tower (Turkish: Galata Kulesi), also called Christea Turris (the “Tower of Christ” in Latin), is a medieval stone tower from the middle ages in the (Galata/Karaköy) quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the (Golden), Horn’s junction with the Bosphorus. At the top of the tower, there is a cone-capped cylinder. Galata Tower provides tourists with a panoramic view of Istanbul’s historic peninsula and its suburbs. Everyone who climbs to the top of the tower can see Istanbul Bridge connecting the Asian and European sections, as well as the Gulf Bridge clearly, and in a panoramic manner. Galata Tower is located in the Galata neighborhood, hence its name, built in 528, until it became one of the most important tourist symbols of Istanbul. The tower is also one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city, whether in its history, engineering form, or its unique and important geographical location. The height of the tower from the ground to the top is 69.90 meters, the thickness of its wall is 3.75 mm, the thickness of its inner door is 8.95 meters, and the length of the outer door is 16.45 meters. The tower was included in the Temporary World Heritage List in 2013, and is distinguished by its geographical location. It follows Taksim neighborhood, one of Istanbul’s old and famous neighborhoods. It is frequented by Arab and foreign tourists. Everyone who goes to Taksim must pass automatically near the tower, because it is located at the end of the famous Istiklal Street.

Everyone who visits the tower can watch it and contemplate the architecture, while sitting in one of the surrounding cafes, while drinking the ancient Turkish tea. Nothing rises in the ocean but the sounds of lovers of night and gentle pubs, and groups of tourists who came from all over the world. Next to the Galata Tower, there are many cafes and restaurants that shade the big tower, where visitors usually have a cup of tea or Turkish coffee after they descend from the tower, while taking souvenir photos next to it.

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