Here are some of the most fascinating medieval towers around the World.
Burana Tower in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
The Burana Tower is a large minaret in the Chüy Valley in Kyrgyzstan. The 11th-century tower is among the very few remains of the ancient city of Balasagun, established by the Karakhanids. A spiral stairway inside the tower enables visitors to climb to the top. The tower is also one of the oldest architectural constructions in Central Asia.
Galata Tower in Istanbul, Türkiye
The Galata Tower is an old Genoese tower in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Turkey. Built as a watchtower as a part of the now-lost walls of Galata in 1348, the tower is now an exhibition space and a museum. It was also the tallest building in the city at the time with a height of 219.5 ft (66.9 m).
Guinigi Tower in Lucca, Italy
Guinigi Tower is a typical Romanesque-Gothic architecture dating back to the 1300s in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. It takes its name after the wealthy merchant family called the Guinigis who built the tower. Being one of the few medieval buildings that survived in the city, the Guinigi Tower is especially known for its little roof garden. According to the Guiginis, these Holm Oakes represented rebirth and renewal. There was also a legend suggesting that all the leaves of the tallest tree fell off before the execution of Paolo Guinigi (who planted the tree) who was imprisoned by Francesco Sforza.