Galata Tower in Istanbul to be transformed into a museum

Galata Tower

The restoration of the Galata Tower in Istanbul is underway, with the aim of transforming it into a museum, due to be opened on September 15th.

Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy had previously announced several changes in the use of the historical Galata Tower in Istanbul.

The Turkish Sabah newspaper reported that the Galata Tower in Istanbul, which was previously run by the Istanbul Municipality, had been handed over to the General Directorate of Turkish state enterprises.

Ersoy said, explaining the details of the changes in the Galata Tower: “All changes will be focused on the upper floor of the tower, and that various exhibitions will be held on each of the floors of the tower.

The minister also referred to the fate of restaurants and cafes inside Galata Tower, where he said: “The city is full of cafes and restaurants and there is no need to make money inside the tower.”

The famous Galata Tower consists of nine floors, and its height is about 66.90 meters, with an external diameter of about 16.45 meters, and an internal diameter of about 8.95 meters, and the thickness of its walls is estimated at 3.75 meters.

The tower is located in Beyoglu district at the end of the famous Istiklal Street in Istanbul, and it was built in 1384, as it was restored several times since that date, due to wars and fires, and the last restoration of this tower was in the sixties of the last century. Also in 2013, the tower entered the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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