Gokçel and the Galata Tower

Restoration work has been completed on the Galata Tower, one of the oldest towers in the world and icon of Istanbul.

Gokçel Crane - Palfinger Gokçel Crane uses a Palfinger P900 to help restore historic tower.

The historic tower was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2013, with the latest upgrades finishing in April this year.

A Palfinger P900 truck mounted platform, rented from Gökçel Crane, made a significant contribution to the restoration process.

Gokçel Crane’s Chairman of the Board of Directors İsa Gökçel explained how they used the 90m working height Palfinger. “After towing our vehicle to the site, we opened the outriggers and contributed to the works - renewing the Alem at 63 meters, replacing bullets in the dome and cleaning the stones on the facade of the tower.”

The 270kg copper allem, which sits at the top of tower, was lowered to ground level as part of the renovation works and lifted back into position.

Gökçel added, “We were especially excited to support the allem, while installing it in four pieces with an operation lasting about five hours. As a result, we were extremely pleased to have served in the restoration of the Galata Tower, the symbol of Istanbul.”

Gokçel Crane - Palfinger
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