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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
Activities: Antiquing
Description: 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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A bit disorganized and uncomfortable

The Genoese Tower is a land mark in the new town. You pay your money and then take an elevator but then you climb another 3 storeys. That is all fine unless you have mobility... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

From galata tower you can see the most of historic Istanbul, however its a bit expensive (25 TL) for just a view and the queue is too long (you have to wait approximately 40-50 minutes).

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Ventura, CA
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth a visit if you are on this side of the Golden Horn. The tower has a rich history, and wonderful views of all of Istanbul from the observation deck. There is an elevator that takes you most of the way up.

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Vancouver, BC
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The Genoese Tower is a land mark in the new town. You pay your money and then take an elevator but then you climb another 3 storeys. That is all fine unless you have mobility issues. Once you get to the top you have great views over the Sultanahmet district, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. However the "line" moves... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Superb views from the top of the tower. Worth the 25 Lira entrance fee. A great café (Lavazza) across the tower. Recommend to sit on the first floor by windows with a frontal view of the tower. The queue was very manageable and we got to the top within 15 minutes of arriving at the tower entrance.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Really worth taking the funicular and walking here to climb and view the city when visiting this part of Istanbul. Kids love it too.

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Galata tower gives you a nice view on the opposite side of the river, where the most of mosques are located. It is quite little space on top and the prise 25 TRY, which is quite much for such a kind of place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

At 25TL per person, in my opinion it is overpriced. We still went despite the pricing to get an aerial view of Istanbul. The other problem is no one at the top supervises the clockwise rotation of visitors and the tendency to hog certain vantage points making it difficult to pass in a rather narrow passage

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Port Hedland, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Purely went up the tower to give the kids a greter perspective of the City. It did not disappoint but thought three was a little hefty for a 10 minute visit. Great place for photos though and area around it has good shops

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My family and I recently travelled to Istanbul and went here, there was quite a line but worth it. You take a elevator up and then outside and you catch your breath cause the view is amazing, it's got 360 degree views of Istanbul and the sea. But you can expect quite some traffic as a Lot of people take... More 

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istanbul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

goes back to 13th century , genoese time.definitely worth going up for the view...to drink/eat, ı would not really recommend...there are better/cheaper places down there..maybe for dinner show , it is recommendable because of it is a unique place for the night view... read about the life of hezarfen ahmet celebi before going there..or better watch 'istanbul under my wings'... More 

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Address: Address: Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 212 293 8180
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > New City / Taksim

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