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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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Beautiful tower along Istiklal Cadessi

If you're wandering among the famous Istiklal Cadessi, one of the most popular shopping districts in Istanbul make sure you stip by this lovely old tower and learn about its... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

A bit of a queue but worth the wait, a lift up, 25Tl, spectacular views at the top. Decent restaurant too

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We waited in line for an hour to see thew view at sunset. It was very worth the wait. The view is spectacular from all vantage points! Tip to walk to the left right when you get outside on the edge. Most people congregate right outside the door and there is more space as you move around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

If you're wandering among the famous Istiklal Cadessi, one of the most popular shopping districts in Istanbul make sure you stip by this lovely old tower and learn about its history. There are great cafes nearby from which it can be observed in comfort.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The Galata Tower has a very expensive ticket (7 euros!!) just to see the view of Istanbul, that will last no more then 4 minutes when you are up there- especially in high touristic season it's even worse as it is crowded. Inside it's modernised and doesn't look at all like a tower. Skip it and go to the roof... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

A lot of people have complained about the price. Did not bother us. The wait in line was not terrible. View from the top was amazing. A must do in Istanbul.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This is a historic tower more or less at the end of Istiklal Street, in a pretty interesting part of Istanbul. But the area around the tower is very crowded, there is a long line to get into the tower itself, and while you get a good view, there are plenty of places in istanbul where you can get a... More 

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed it even more when I discovered there was a lift inside that takes you up most of the way! Worth it simply for the breathtaking views over Istanbul. Not recommended if you are scared of heights though...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

You can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city, but try to go when the weather is beautiful and unclouded to make the most of it. Be aware that, after the ascent with the elevator, you have to climb several stairs to reach the top. The fee is rather expensive for tourists - 25 TL, while for residents is... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Galata Tower offers a great place to take a picture of the sunset. If the upper level is crowded (always) spend a few $$$ a enjoy a drink of your choice with yummy dessert in the Cafe. Afterwards walk down and cross the Galata Bridge to another continent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We went to the tower to have a panoramic view of the whole city and it indeed was a well worthy sight to be up there and able to watch the city unfold like the way it does. There is a climb involved and yet the final result is simply marvellous

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