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Galata Tower

Address: Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey (Beyoğlu)
Phone Number: 212 293 8180
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Ranked #44 of 504 Attractions in Istanbul
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Type: Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
Activities: Antiquing
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Built in 500 A.D., Galata Tower is one of the dominating landmarks of...
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Type: Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
Activities: Antiquing
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Built in 500 A.D., Galata Tower is one of the dominating landmarks of Istanbul. It was used as a watchtower to help defend the city.
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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

For the view but nothing else. If not on a budget eat at the restaurant. Either way you're up for 18.50 TL for an elevator lift up and and optional stair walk down. At 66 metres high, the novelty of walking can be lost fairly early. Note the tower was not built for tourism hence the narrow walkways up top.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

I had to take a third trip to Istanbul this year in order to see this one, i was always in town for 3 days and never had the chance or time to get to it . This year was nr 1 on my to do list so we went , the line was 15 minutes long , i didn`t... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

The current standing tower was built in 1348 by the Genoese. For the Megalos Pyrgos built by the Byzantines at a nearby but different location - closer to the sea, and destroyed during the Sack of Constantinople by the Latin crusaders in 1204! One of the city's most striking landmarks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

The only thing that was worth visiting about this place was the breathtaking overview of the city. You can definitely see all the main attractions of Istanbul from up there. One downside of this attraction was the entrance fee, which was a bit high in my opinion.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

There will be long lines to get in, the fee is expensive... but the view from the top is pretty much worth it. It is advisable to spend more time there to utilise the opportunities to get nice photos and for crowds to clear. Very nice place in Istanbul.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The Galata tour is a historic building offering splendid views of the city so I recommend it but bear in mind, lines can get long and they have a hefty entrance fee of 12TL. Given that there are several other locations that offer spectacular views, I would not pay just for the view. The tower is located in a lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Yes, you will wait in a line and slowly snake your way into the tower, but it's still fun. We arrived at sunset, and by the time we were moving around the viewing platform at the top, it was dark and the city was a mass of lights. So pretty. As much fun is watching all the young beautiful people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

one of my favorite sites in Istanbul as you can see almost all part of the city and get an idea of how big and great this city is. and from that high and open place i smoked one of the best cigarettes in my life.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Make sure when you go to Istanbul to visit Galata Tower. It is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey Keep in mind, its about 15-20 minute walk from the subway stop. You can get lost walking up the hill. http://minomagazine.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/sipping-turkish-coffee-at-galata-tower-on-a-fine-evening/

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Although the price is a bit cheeky for this attraction, you must go up and see it. If you ever want to take photos of Istanbul, you can not find a better place to start with. Not to mention panoramic photos.

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