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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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Not always a long queue

Visited today which was a dull and cloudy day. No queue and took the lift up to level 7 and walked the 2 extra level of stairs. The top level is a cafe from which you enter the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Visited today which was a dull and cloudy day. No queue and took the lift up to level 7 and walked the 2 extra level of stairs. The top level is a cafe from which you enter the narrow observation deck. You can see most of Istanbul below and to ensure there isn't a log jam you walk around the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

when i go to galata tower,i find new friend and spend my time with new friend near the tower. every thing is cool and i enjoyed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We did not go inside the tower because the que's were too long,there are many nice cafes and lovely old streets to explore in the area

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Arrive early as the queues can be long and slow moving. There are two lifts up to the restaurant and viewing gallery and they only allow new people to go up when some people come down. Go there by taxi or tram. If you walk it is a very steep slope. your museum pass does not include Galata Tower -... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A long time spent queuing to gain access via lift. Despite the signs indicating a clockwise direction to be taken, at the one entry/exit door, some people went in an anticlockwise direction... meaning... a log jam in the middle of the outside pathway. The view from all 360 degrees was spectacular but some people tend to take a fixed position... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Galata tower was not in our A-list of places to visit but somehow we ended up there and it was one the highlights to explore Istanbul. The views from the top give new perspective of how big and versatile is the city.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Galata tower marks the galata area, the newer part of Istanbul. Many hip restaurants, bars and shops to spend time in. The tower is ca. 1500 yrs old and can be reached over stair. I would recommend going in the late afternoon as the crowd is less and so is the waiting time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My fav place in Istanbul. Amazing view, a magnificent rock historical building. Just perfect place. Acik ara favori mekanin. Manzarasi, tarihi beni cok etkilemistir.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

went in the evening to see sunset... surprisingly there was a long queue which moved slower than the snails pace.... it took nearly 2 hours to get inside the tower... reason.... we have to go up by lift and we have to wait only after some people came down in the lift....ticket 25 TL i was lucky to go up... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The Good: 1. great views from the tower 2. the location - lots of restaurants and cafes The bad: 1. the location (if you're walking). it's all uphill 2. the tower viewing area is INCREDIBLY crowded. makes for an almost unpleasant experience (if it weren't for the views)

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