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Tower of Beyazit, Istanbul

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Beyazıt Tower, also named Seraskier Tower, from the name of the Ottoman ministry of War, is an 85-metre-tall (279 ft) fire-watch tower located in the courtyard of Istanbul University's main campus (formerly Ottoman Ministry of War) on Beyazıt Square (known as the Forum Tauri in the Roman period) in Istanbul, Turkey, on top of one of the "seven hills" which Constantine the Great had built the city, following the model of Rome.


Beyazıt Tower was ordered by the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II (1808–1839), and designed by Senekerim Balyan, who built it of stone in 1828 on the place of the original wooden Beyazıt Tower, which was destroyed in a fire and was constructed earlier by the architect's brother, Krikor Balyan.


It is currently equipped with lighting system to indicate weather conditions in different colors. Red colour means snow, blue—nice and clear weather, green—rain and yellow—fog.
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  • We got lucky and talked to the right people I guess because they let us walk up this tower. 180 steep steps but the view is unbeatable!  more »
  • Beyazit Tower is a famous landmark in Istanbul. It was built in the 19th c. to warn against fires. You find it on the grounds of Istanbul University, and you can get there from Beyazit Square. I do...  more »
  • One of the most famous towers of Istanbul is the Beyazıt Tower, which is located in the garden of Istanbul University. The tower, which was once used as a fire observation tower, reports the weather.....  more »
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  • Fantastic 360° view's (after 180 steps upstairs in the tower 180 steps back afterwards)
  • Beautiful tower, even more beautiful when seen full of lights at night.
  • Amazing tower in the university
  • Original wooden Beyazıt Tower, which was destroyed in 1828 by fire and was constructed earlier by the architect Krikor Balyan. It is currently equipped with lighting system to indicate weather conditions in different colors. Red colour means snow, blue—nice and clear weather, green—rain and yellow—fog.
  • I had a chance to visit this wonderful place and took lots of photos. Hopefully one day they open up for tourists.
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