Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Galata Tower

The Galata Tower was built in1384.
It was the highpoint in the city walls of the Genoese colony called Galata.
Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi , who lived in the 17th century in Istanbul, is one of the first aviators to have succeeded in flying with artificial wings. He is supposed to have been inspired by and used the studies of Leonardo da Vinci on the flight of birds. He started flying from the Galata Tower and managed to fly over the Bosphorus.
Now, it is used as a restaurant and is a "must see" in Istanbul.
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22 comments:

Chris & Deb said...

Similarly, your photo is a "must see". What a gorgeous scene!

Jilly said...

What a wonderful facade - love the mix of colours and the tower rising above.

Jilly x

akis said...

Galata tower with the best view of istanbul.
My selfportrait in ABOUT ME on my blog is from Galata tower!

Felicia said...

What a great view! Have you been to the restaurant at Galata Tower? I bet there is also has a nice view from the restaurant.

akis said...

Felicia
I was there.Fantastic view.
If u like istanbul u can visit my blog.There are some photos from this wonderfull city.

Dave said...

Beautiful shot--I love the color in those buildings. Are the streets really hilly and narrow?

Per Stromsjo said...

Nice. I bet you're having a lot less difficulty with snow and traffic than we do in Stockholm.

Cheers,
per

Jazzy said...

very nice and colourful. the tower looks like it just came out of the fary tale =)

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

I like colours and architecture of houses that remind me to some old town in front of the sea in Italy.

Dsole said...

Wow.. so there's a restaurant over there?? It must be a cool place! (and expensive, I'm sure)
I really want to visit your city, Oya, your blog is a nice pleasure!

Kuanyin said...

I've never visited your beautiful place, but I enjoy visiting it through your beautiful photos.

photowannabe said...

Beautiful shot and a beautiful composition. The city has such a wonderful mix of colors. I would love to visit the tower some day.

prash said...

that's a fantastic picture....great structures there

Carraol said...

Good eye for the perfect angle, beautiful view of your city!

John Roberts said...

I love the colorful buildings along the waterfront. They make a good base for the rest of the photo. Nice composition!

Yes, I have been getting out some. Daytime temperatures have gotten back up into the 50's(F).

Memories Catcher said...

Beautiful shot.I like it!Good composition and point of view.Great colors and contrast between them.Well done!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Merhaba!

I'd like to invite you to join our photoblog Global Themes. One theme a week, and different contributors from all over the world post photos on that theme.

www.globalthemes.blogspot.com

Drop a comment if you wish to join us! It would be fab having Istanbul represented with us as well.

/Shaykhspeara (Editor)

Olivier said...

je ne connaissais pas, elle est tres belle et merci pour l'histoire.
Tres belle photo, la vue est magnifique, de quoi faire un poster.

I did not know, it is very beautiful and thank you for the history. Very beautiful photograph, the sight is splendid, what to make a poster.

Kate said...

Again, your photos make me want to visit Istanbul. Lovely, lovely, shot!

denton said...

I especially like the sea gulls and the water front. Your story about the Galata Tower is very interesting. As others have commented this make one want to visit Istanbul.

Oya said...

Felicia, yes I have been there. Great view and the restaurant is expensive. But there are cafe's around, afordable.
Dave, the streets are narrow. For one car only and one way

Friends, you all are welcomed to visit my Istanbul. Till that day, see it through my eyes...

angela said...

That photo is a gem: the colours, the facades along the waterfront, and the tower.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Angela