The Leader of The Most Romantic Legends

The Leader of The Most Romantic Legends

One of the oldest historical buildings in Istanbul, the first building that comes to mind when talking about Istanbul skyline is undoubtedly the Galata Tower. The imposing structure, which has watched the city like a guard for hundreds of years, and about which various stories are told, gives its visitors the opportunity to learn about the past of Istanbul and watch the unique city view. This structure has been the leading role in dozens of legendary love stories throughout its history.

History of Galata Tower

Among the hundreds of historical buildings in Istanbul, people are especially curious about when Galata Tower was built. The building, which has become the ancient symbol of Istanbul, was built by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius Oilosuz in 528. It is said that the tower at that time was far from where it is now. The building, thought to have been built as a lighthouse to guide sailors, was previously completely made of wood. Nevertheless, it managed to survive for seven centuries and fulfill its duty properly. The Latin invasion in 1204 was the end of the initial state of the tower. Galata Tower was severely damaged in the fire that broke out during the pillage initiated by the army in the 4th Crusade. In 1348, the Genoese rebuilt the tower using the masonry stone technique. With the admission of Istanbul to the Ottoman lands in 1453, this magnificent structure was assigned duties other than defense and observation. Galata Tower has been used as a fire tower since the 17th century and to inform the public about fires. Although it is a fire tower, Galata Tower has been affected twice by the great fires that broke out in Istanbul. On the other hand, the current appearance of the tower, whose roof was knocked down due to a big storm, was provided via the restoration work carried out between 1965 and 1967.

The Tower of Legends

Galata Tower, which is one of the leading places in Istanbul's list of places to visit and see, has been called by many different names in the past. The Byzantines named this tower Megalos Pyrgos, that is, the Great Bastion. The Genoese, on the other hand, used the name Christtea Turris, or the Tower of Christ, while talking about this building. Many legends have been derived over time for the imposing Galata Tower, which has observed Istanbul for centuries. Almost all of these stories, which have diversified by word of mouth, are about love. One of these stories is even based on Roman traditions. According to the rumor, you marry the first person you climb up the tower together.

The Maiden's Tower takes the lead role of the most famous legend attributed to the Galata Tower. According to the legend, the Maiden's Tower and Galata Tower fell in love with each other at first sight, but could never come together due to the presence of the Bosphorus. Therefore, the elegant Maiden's Tower and the imposing Galata Tower could not understand whether their feelings were mutual. The savior of the love of these two ancient structures was Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi. Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi, who tried to fly from the European side to Anatolia, when he climbed up the Galata Tower, Galata Tower whispered the name of his love in his ear and asked him to deliver his poems to her. Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi could not remain indifferent to this request of the tower and left the letters he held towards the Maiden's Tower while approaching the Salacak beach. The Maiden's Tower, realizing that her love is not unrequited, started to get more beautiful day by day after receiving the letters. Galata Tower, which looked at him, understood that his love was not one-sided.

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