Welcome to Galata...

Welcome to Galata...

Galata is a neighbourhood that is connected to the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul and is fascinating with its historical richness. This area, which is located between Azapkapı, Tophane and Galata Tower towards the lower part of Beyoğlu, contains not only the motifs of the history but also itself.

Galata was recorded as the 13th region of Istanbul, which was divided into 14 regions during the Roman period. According to what is written, this region was divided into neighborhoods within itself. Although there is no clear source about when Galata was first settled, it is certain that it was before the Romans because in some sources it is written Constantine the Great wanted to be buried in Galata when he died. This information explains that Galata was an important place in that period as well. Justinian, one of the Roman emperors, organized Galata in the 6th century. Later, a Genoese (Genoa) colony was established here. With the settlement of the Genoese in the region, Galata became an autonomous region under the control of the Roman Empire. Genoese built the famous Galata Tower on the highest place of the historical region for surveillance purposes. Also known as the Tower of Christ ...

The Venetians, who are known to be as good as the Genoese in shipping, also came to this region and traded in the ports here.

Galata in Ottoman Rule

After the Romans, Genoese and Venetians, Galata, which came under the rule of the Ottomans with the conquest of the Conqueror, continued to live without losing its importance and history. It became an outer neighborhood for the Ottomans as in the Roman period. It was one of the 4 regions of Istanbul (Suriçi, Eyüp, Üsküdar and Galata Qadis). Therefore, he had a separate qadi. Although the region passed under Ottoman rule, the Genoese preserved their settlement and trade rights here. According to the researches, 80% of the population of the region was Christian in the 17th century. In Galata, which is divided into settlements within itself; there were 70 Greeks, 18 Muslims, 3 Frankish, 2 Armenian and 1 Jewish districts.

The 3rd oldest metro line in the world is also located in this district that fascinates with its history. The tunnel line, opened on January 14, 1875 and going from Karaköy to Istiklal, has a length of 575 meters. The tunnel is still open to service today. Tunnel, which used to work with human power in the past, has not lost anything from its function nor its history, even though it now works with electrical power.

Galata Today

If you take a few small excursions in this region, which has not given up its history, stories and habits to some extent, it is possible to experience the smell and the taste of the old times. When you walk the streets of Galata, you can feel like you are in a historical documentary. You can catch beautiful shots while strolling in narrow, cobbled side streets.

After visiting the Galata Tower, which has become the symbol of the region and the signature of history, and watching Istanbul and the Historical Peninsula from the skies, there are many venues in the vicinity of the tower. Most of these places are historical places, while the newly opened ones reflect the history. You can drink tea and coffee in these places and feel the magic of the environment.

You can also add shopping among the activities that can be done in this region. You may not understand how the time passes while visiting the shops full of special design, vintage products. There are many stores in the region where special and design products are sold.

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