The Colțea Tower (Turnul Colței) was built in 1714 and functioned originally as bell tower and entrace of the former Colțea Monastery. The tower had originally a height of 50 meters and was then the tallest building in Bucharest.
The tower was located 20 meters away from the Colțea Church, which today still exists. The building was built in Brâncoveanu style and the upper floors of the tower, which were demolished in 1802, remembered of German church towers.
After the earthquake of 1802, who damaged many buildings in Bucharest including the Colțea Monastery, which was later demolished, the tower became a fire tower. The upper floors were replaced by a small wooden construction.
The Colțea Tower was completely demolished in 1888, as the Colțea Street (today’s I.C. Brătianu Boulevard) had to be expanded. Pieces of the sculptures from the outside and the inscription of the tower can be found today at the Stavropoleos Monastery.