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The neighborhood around the Galata Tower is very interesting, it has some very nice buildings from the 1800s and early 1900s around. Some of these are remodelled, but some of them are in very poor shape. Me being the real estate buff that I am, I wonder how much one of them costs, the neighborhood is really nice already and has the potencial to be nicer still.

The Galata Tower (Turkish: Galata Kulesi) is located in Istanbul in Turkey to the north of the Golden Horn. It is a huge, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline on the Galata side of the Golden Horn. The original tower was destroyed during the Fourth Crusade, but it was rebuilt as the Tower of Christ in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. It was the apex of the fortifications of Genoese Galata.

The tower was rebuilt several times during the Ottoman period and it was used at times by the Mevlevi Order of dervishes for their sema ceremonies.

In 17th century, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew as the first aviator using artificial wings from this tower over the Bosphorus to the slopes of Üsküdar on the Anatolian side. (From Wikipedia)

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