Galata Tower, one of the landmarks of Istanbul, the restoration works of which has been completed, is reopened with a ceremony with the participation of the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy and the Governor of Istanbul Ali Yerlikaya.
Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy and his wife Pervin Ersoy, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ahmet Misbah Demircan and his wife Ferda Demircan, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya and his wife Mrs. Hatice Nur Yerlikaya, Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Dr. Coşkun Yılmaz, Mayor of Beyoğlu Haydar Ali Yıldız and his wife Mrs. Seyhan Yıldız, and guests and citizens attended the opening ceremony.
The program, which started with the concert of pop music artist Zeynep Bastık and the Uninvited Jazz Band group, continued with the screening of a promotional film specially prepared for the Galata Tower. Fireworks and light shows were carried out during the opening.
Galata Tower, the restoration of which was started in June within the scope of the "Beyoğlu Cultural Road" project of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is reopened with the opening program held. Minister Ersoy made statements to press members at the ceremony.
Galata Tower Will Operate as a Museum and Exhibition Area
Minister Ersoy stated as follows: "We have restructured the function of the building as a museum, permanent and temporary exhibition areas, and from now on, Galata Tower will be used not only as a center of attraction, but also as a directing center to other valuable cultural assets of Istanbul. We planned the museum inside as a museum that introduces in detail the valuable buildings and attraction points of Istanbul that you can observe when you look from the tower. Istanbul's history is very old. There is also an exhibition area inside the tower that shows the journey of Istanbul from that old days until the Republican period."
Minister Ersoy stated that there will also be a temporary exhibition area in the tower where the significant days of Istanbul and Turkey will be introduced and documented and continued his words as follows: "For example today is October 6th, and this week there is an exhibition about the liberation of Istanbul. Later, we will provide exhibitions that explain the significance and importance of many special days of Istanbul and Turkey, such as October 29, November 10 and May 29"
Reminding that they decided to implement the "Beyoğlu Culture Road" project last year, Mr. Ersoy completed his speech as follows: "In this context, we have restored all the buildings in the region from Galataport to Atatürk Cultural Center, which are affiliated to our Ministry and our institutions, and we have started a study to bring these buildings to culture and art. In this framework, we first established the Tarık Zafer Tunaya Cultural Center in June.
Today, we are putting Galata Tower back into service after a heavy restoration. Next month, we will restore Atlas Museum and Cinema, then to the Egyptian Apartment Mehmet Akif Ersoy Museum, then the Islamic Arts Cultural Center under the Taksim Mosque and finally the Atatürk Culture Center and complete the project. Atatürk Culture Center will not only be a project of our ministry. We will transform the other valuable buildings therein into a platform where large companies can participate. After Atatürk Culture Center is put into service at full capacity, regular concerts and activities will be held not only in this region, but also throughout this line."
Afterwards, Minister Ersoy, Governor Yerlikaya and visitors visited Galata Tower and the exhibition.