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Galata Tower

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Neighborhood: Beyoğlu
Historic sites, Observation decks & towers, Sights & Landmarks
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul and 2 other guides
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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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Great view from the top

The Galata Tower offers the best view of the Golden Horn, Old Istanbul, the entrance to the Bosphorus and the Asian shore. Galata Tower has dominated Beyoğlu's skyline since 1348... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The Galata Tower offers the best view of the Golden Horn, Old Istanbul, the entrance to the Bosphorus and the Asian shore. Galata Tower has dominated Beyoğlu's skyline since 1348 and still offers the best panoramic views of the city. The cylindrical Galata Tower stands sentry over the approach to 'new' İstanbul. It was the tallest structure in the city... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We went to the top of the tower at night to see the 360 degree view of the city lit up and weren't disappointed. The cafe at the top is good and the restaurant worth a visit as it is no more expensive than any other restaurant but has amazing views

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llangollen wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

A steep walk up to the tower through quirky little streets. On arrival found a long very slow moving queue. This was in April... However, it was a good placefor people watching. Staff ferried numbers of people through into the lift, as it came down, similar numbers allowed through. Balcony that circles the top was very crowded and you had... More 

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Szczecin, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

You have a really nice view of Istanbul from the top of the tower.There is a nice restaurant, but I think it was expensive - I didn`t go there. The elevator was fast. There was a big line of people waiting, but it didn`t take that much time to get to the elevator.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

you can go to see galata tower and its very good view for see istanbul and photography but its expensive and they take more money than local people . you can see like this view another places in istanbul for free.in many street you can see this view

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great views from the top of the tower. Have lunch or dinner in the main restaurant as the food is really good, even better if you can get a table by the windows as we did.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This reminds me of the empire state building-scene, it's smaller but just as touristic! The rates for non-locals are times 3.. However, just like the Empire state building; the view is amazing and totally worth it.. Go here!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Just visited this attraction. Yes they do charge more for 'Foreign People' but I'm not to bothered about that as the locals probably pay towards the upkeep of the tower in their taxes. What really annoyed me was the little fat man on the cafe floor. Bearing in mind most people go up there off the views and pics, he... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I didn't like that, I went at night the clear view is Okay, I waited about one hour, the space in outdoor viewing area is very tide but enough.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We loved admiring the sunset, I would recommend this to anyone visiting Istanbul. Be prepared for a long line up. In February we waited an hour, I can't imagine in summer months! And once your up there, you're packed like sardines but since you're there for the view, you won't mind :)

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