Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy: "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."
Minister Ersoy: “We planned the museum inside the tower as a museum that introduces in detail the valuable buildings and points of Istanbul that you can observe when you look from the tower. Inside the tower, there is also an exhibition area showing the arrival of Istanbul from that old date until the Republic date. "
Galata Tower, one of the symbols of Istanbul, was opened to visitors with a ceremony accompanied by video mapping and light show.
Singer Zeynep Bastık and Uninvited Jazz Band gave a concert at the opening program of the tower, whose restoration was completed within the scope of the "Beyoğlu Cultural Road" project by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said that they opened the tower on a special day like October 6, which is determined as the day of Istanbul's liberation.
Minister Ersoy pointed out that the previous restoration of the tower was completed in 1967, “At that time the tower was classified with a very different function. It had a function mainly for eating, drinking and entertainment, and it did not have a function that is acceptable today. " said.
Pointing out that they, as the ministry, consider the building to be the attraction point of Istanbul, Minister Ersoy continued as follows:
“We 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 center for directing other valuable cultural assets of Istanbul. We planned the museum inside as a museum that introduces in detail the valuable buildings and points of Istanbul that you can observe when you look from the tower. Istanbul's history is very old. Inside the tower, there is also an exhibition area showing the arrival of Istanbul from that old date to the Republic date. "
Ministers Ersoy, the tower also will introduce the significant days in Istanbul and Turkey, transferring the will take place in a temporary exhibition area will be certified, "Today, for example, October 6th, this week, an exhibition on the liberation of Istanbul, less than 29 Ekim'l, November 10 's May 29 in Istanbul, and many more meaning and exhibitions explaining the importance of Turkey will bring our special day with our people. " he spoke.
Reminding that they decided to implement the "Beyoğlu Cultural Road" project last year, Minister Ersoy continued his words as follows:
“In this context, we have initiated a study in the area from Galata Port to Atatürk Cultural Center by restoring all buildings belonging to our Ministry and our institutions, and bringing them to culture and art. In this context, we launched Tarık Zafer Tunaya Cultural Center in the first June. Today, we are taking Galata Tower back into service after a heavy restoration. Next month, we will come to Atlas Museum and Cinema, then to the Egyptian Apartment Mehmet Akif Ersoy Museum, then to the Islamic Arts Cultural Center under the Taksim Mosque and finally to the Atatürk Cultural Center and complete the project. AKM will not only be a project of our ministry. We will transform the other valuable buildings here into a platform for large companies to participate. After the AKM is put into service at full capacity, regular concerts and activities will be held not only in this region, but also in this line. "
In addition to Minister Ersoy's wife Pervin Ersoy, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya and Beyoğlu Mayor Haydar Ali Yıldız attended the ceremony, which attracted great interest.