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During the clear days, the fishermen of Istanbul are fishing on the historical bridge of Galata. Some times they have a lot of fortune some days not. But the fish hunt still go on. You can see one of the Istanbul landmarks the Galata tower in the background.

Galata tower was built as Christea Turris in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. It was the apex of the fortifications surrounding the Genoese citadel of Galata.

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.

According to the Seyahatname of Ottoman historian and traveller Evliya ネlebi, in circa 1630-1632, Hezarfen Ahmet ネlebi flew as an early aviator using artificial wings for gliding from this tower over the Bosporus to the slopes of 鈤kdar on the Anatolian side, nearly six kilometres away.Evliy ネlebi also tells of Hezarfen's brother, Lagari Hasan ネlebi, performing the first flight with a rocket in a conical cage filled with gunpowder in 1633.

Starting from 1717 the Ottomans began to use the tower for spotting fires in the city. In 1794, during the reign of Sultan Selim III, the roof of the tower made of lead and wood and the stairs were severely damaged by a fire. Another fire damaged the building in 1831, upon which a new restoration work took place. In 1875, during a storm, the conic roof on the top of the building was destroyed. The tower remained without this conic roof for the rest of the Ottoman period.

Many years later, in 1965-1967, during the Turkish Republic, the original conical cap was restored. During this final restoration in the 1960s, the wooden interior of the tower was replaced by a concrete structure and it was commercialized and opened to the public.

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  • Copyright: ihsan mursaloglu (mursaloglu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 689 W: 7 N: 1321] (8682)
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  • Date Taken: 2010-05-21
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  • Date Submitted: 2010-06-10 10:36
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