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Galata Tower

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Address: Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 212 293 8180
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

Built in 500 A.D., Galata Tower is one of the dominating landmarks of...

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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One of the defenses Turkey used to protect its waters

I've never seen how far cannon fire can go from the top of a hill. But the view from there of turkey is spectacular. A bit of a queue but well worth the wait.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I think galata is the most necessary place to see in Istanbul. One can see the full sightsee of the city. Also the shops arpund the tower are very beautiful and offer a lots of thing. In summer you can drink beverages or beer under the tower.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've never seen how far cannon fire can go from the top of a hill. But the view from there of turkey is spectacular. A bit of a queue but well worth the wait.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the places where you can get amazing views of Istanbul, I recommend vising during the day for great pictures. The entrance fee is steep for what it provides, but you can't get these views anywhere else in Istanbul. The place has a lot of history too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Galata tower is an old Tower built by the Genoese in 1348. For the Megalos Pyrgos (Great Tower) 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, see Galata Tower (old).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A nice place to catch a beautiful view of the city. Take your time identifying the different areas of the city. The tower is near lots of shopping and restaurants, too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take a walk from Taksim square in the direction of the Galata Tower and on the way do take a look at the shops to fulfil your shopping desires. There are many eating places too for you to enjoy local cuisine. Do observe the architecture of the buildings you are walking past. From the exterior the tower which was constructed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are visiting Istanbul and you want to get to a place where you can see the whole panaroma of the historical parts of the city then the place to go is the top of Galata Tower. This medieval tower was built by the Genoese in 1348. It has a good restaurant at the top and you can walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Go to the top of Galata Tower for great views of the city. Also, being in such an old structure is incredible. When you go, plan to spend some time in the area. I've been to Istanbul three times, and this is by far my favorite area for eating and shopping. The shops here are less expensive than other tourist... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The history inside, the legends about this tower make it a very very romantic place, I have been here more than 3 times and every time is especial! Along with the amazing views of Istanbul, is a must go location!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

a litltle ekspensive trip to a Tower where you only can look at the view. But what a grat view. Not to miss

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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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