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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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We are renting an apartment in the Galata district. Although we never made it up the tower to see the views of Istanbul we dined at several restaurants in the neighborhood that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We are renting an apartment in the Galata district. Although we never made it up the tower to see the views of Istanbul we dined at several restaurants in the neighborhood that offered the same spectacular views. Robins was one of them. Pasta food on the street level eatery and fancy meals on the 4th floor terrace with a view.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

It's much better to look at this tower from the outside or from a hill than to wait in line and pay a fee to take a stuffy elevator to the top only to find an extremely narrow (as in can't fit two people side by side) circular walk way around the tower where people push up against each other... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We are staying on this side of the city so on day 1 we walked down the hill and across the bridge toward the spice market If recommend if you are passing this way that you paid the 25tl each entry price and made the trip up the tower (mostly by lift but the last 2-3 floors by steep steps)... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and my lovely little baby(Tinaz) were so tired, i found it as an apportunity to visit it alone as my wife said I can't do it(next day i took her for shopping, hhhh). I went there from Laleli area taking the tram using my Istanbul kart and dropped by karakoy tramvay station, walked up for 10 mins then... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This tower is extremely over rated! When you get to the top, you squeeze out on to a tiny balcony, people go the wrong way and you have to either press against the wall or hang over the edge to pass one another. Walkway is very small and sloped and slippery. You can get a better view on the bridges... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the tower on our first day as we were only staying down the hill from there.this picture was taken on the night we arrived.I will upload more if trip advisor will let me edit the review.The walk upto the tower was hilly so expect to stop a few times especially if you get tired very quickly inside the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Galata tower located end of Istiklal street and close to sea .You can see the most interesting point of istanbul and take good photo .There is good restaurant on top floor that you can have you r food but in holiday and weekend is crowded and you have to book it online before you go to have dinner .according to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Make sure to buy tickets before going as lines are always long but honestly its a great little piece of history sticking out from an already ancient city .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We walked down Istiklal Avenue from Taksim square to Galata tower. It is an easy walk as it is downhill (I am sure the other way would be harder). There a lot of people hanging out at the base of the tower. There were many fruit vendors around the tower. The view is great as you can get view of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

If you like views and are good with heights then this is for you. There aren't many places in the world where you can climb a tower and look out across two continents. Stunning.

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Address: Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 212 293 8180
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu

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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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