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The Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower. It is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul’s historic peninsula and its environs. Galata Tower was the tallest building in Istanbul at 219.5 ft (66.9 m) when it was built in 1348. 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.nGalata Tower with its previous conical roof, depicted in a painting by Ivan Aivazovsky in 1846. nIn circa 1630-1632, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew as an early intercontinental aviator using artificial wings for gliding from this tower over the Bosphorus to the slopes of Üsküdar on the Anatolian side, nearly six kilometres away.

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