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Taken from the same point on the Byzantine Walls, this time we are looking towards east. Here you can see three seperate parts of the city: the one at the front is the Fener District, located inside the old town in the historic peninsula, the one on the left is Pera District (other side of Golden Horn) and the one at the top is the Asian side, seperated from Pera and Old Town by Bosphorus.

The towers your see here are:

1- The red one at the front: Fener Greek High School. Originally dating back to 1454, this Greek School was a part of the Orthodox Patriarchy of Constantinople, and had only Greek students. The red brick structure was built in 1882. Today it has been teaching continuously since 559 years.

2- The one on the left: Galata Tower. Originally built in 528 by the Byzantines, it was destroyed during the 4th Crusade (Latin Invasion) of 1202-1204. The structure standing today was built in 1348 during the Genoese expansion in Constantinople, and it was the tallest in town with its 66,9 meters height.

3- The one afar: Varyap Meridian. Residential building in the Asian side, completed in 2012. 2nd tallest in Turkey and 13th tallest in Europe with its 244 meters height.

Istanbul has seen many towers in its long history, while our money based modern times make everything larger and uglier. What do you think?

edit note: After Mesut Ilgim's notice, i need to add that, there is a huge compressed perspective here, due to the focal length used. The distance between first two towers is more than 3 kilometers, while the tower in Asian side is almost 10 kilometers away :)

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