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Galata Tower

Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey (Beyoğlu)
212 293 8180
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Ranked #44 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers
Activities: Antiquing
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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Esfahan, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Galata tower has one of the best views of istanbul. On top of the tower, you'll see a 360° view which includes asian part and european part separated by bosphorous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Do not hesitate! Visit this nice place. It's one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen! Take your cameras with you!

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Long queue but the view is so worth it! Very small corridor though for so many people and usually they don't respect the direction so is a little messy and crowded up there!

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Alresford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is a must to see the amazing panoramic views of Istanbul. Don't worry there is a lift most of the way and then a few stairs to the top. There is a cafe at the top, which looked nice but I didn't try.

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Pozzuoli, Italy
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to stand on line for a half hour in anticipation to get up to the viewing deck only to have some obnoxious French or Italian tourist take their sweet time up there, not allowing anyone to pass around them. Then when you do, you feel like you're going to fall off. It's a precarious place, not a place... More

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Orangevale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

It's a quick 10 min taxi ride from the old city to Galata Tower, or a 20 min walk uphill from the end of Galata bridge. The line to enter the tower moves quickly and efficiiently. Once inside, you purchase your ticket and enter the elivator that takes you to the landing, restaurnat and bathrooms. You must walk up 20... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The tower is definitely worth a visit for the amazing panorama of the city. Visit early in the morning to avoid the long lines.

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Castle Pines, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The elevator inside takes you almost to the top, just a couple of flights of stairs to the very top. It is a very nice 360 degree of Istanbul, worth viewing. Recommend getting there early as lines are constant and long all day. Restaurant at the top is very pricey.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

as an istanbul lover i highly recommend this place to everyone, who loves to take photos must go and take some photos of historical town and the bosphorus :) especially sunset is great ...

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

When you first look at this tower, you can only wonder how is it not that high & still provide a good view?! Actually due to the geographical nature of Istanbul, which have high & low places, the tower is located on one of the highest places in Istanbul, which gives the amazing view. Also, after taking the elevator up,... More

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