Istanbul Travel Guide

Beyazit Tower

  • Beyazıt Tower was built as a fire tower in 18th century

  • In 1828, it was rebuilt out of stone for the last time

  • Beyazıt’s wooden frame was demolished in a fire in 1756

  • Beyazıt Tower still serves the city as a fire tower as well as an informant for weather forecasts

Beyazıt Tower was built as a fire tower in 18th century. But it was made of wood. Beyazıt’s wooden frame was demolished in a fire in 1756. Mahmud II rebuilt Beyazıt Tower with wood once again. The tower was destroyed again in 1826, along with the rest of Janissaries. Mahmud II finally ordered the tower be rebuilt soon after janissary partisans destroyed it.

Rebuilt by stone

In 1828, it was rebuilt out of stone for the last time.  It was renamed Seraskerat Tower. Although it was present for numerous rebellions and protests, the most interesting occurred in July of 1868. Beyazıt Tower still serves the city as a fire tower as well as an informant for weather forecasts.