In 17 AD, Geographer Strabon ( Death in 24 AD ) from Amasya refers to Galata and the surrounding area as “ a forest covered with pig trees”. The first Christian settlement in Galata begins at the end of the 2nd century AD. In 330 AD, it was the 13th administrative district of Constantinople, with its name from the second Rome. With the end of the Latin occupation (1261), which lasted nearly sixty years in Constantinople, the privileged settlements in Galata (1267) were opened for the Genoeses who were neutral during the occupation, with an agreement made between the Genoese and Byzantine states in the Nif (İzmir Kemalpasa).

The Genoeses are citizens of a city that was ruled around the current Genoa on the northwestern side of Italian Peninsula. Evliya Çelebi, our famous traveller of 17th century, writes in his great book Seyahatname (Book of Travel): “When Constantinople Castle was first built, Galata was filled with meadows, villages and it was airy. The villagers have grazed their livestock in these fertile lands and have offered the milk they had provided, to the king. This region was the spring of milk, that’s why it is called as Galata. Because Gala means milk in Greek.” Genoeses have built The Walls of Galata by ditching around the territories which was left to them between 1303 and 1312, showing the reason for the pressure of the Venetians they had fought during the their history. The wall were about 2m thick and surrounded the 37 hectare (0.37m²) area with a circumference of 2800m.


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