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Galata Tower

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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
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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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The tower closes relatively early compared to the rest of the city, so don't leave it for the end of your day -- I actually didn't get to enter the tower, but it's a cute little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It costs 20 TL to go on top but it is worth every cent. the views are breath taking. I been by night and I could view the city in 360 degrees: the old area, the high rise, the Bosphorus practically all of it!... Thank your luck the tower has an lift and if you feel like it a lovely... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Entry costs 25TL, and the tower is open until 8pm in summer. there is usually a queue coming all the way out from the entrance, but don't let that scare you; it usually moves quickly, and you normally won't have to wait longer than 20 minutes or so. Once inside, a lift takes you to the top. You then have... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The Galata tower let you have a very nice view over the city. Yet, I had to wait for 10 minutes in the sun, nothing is done to provide shade in the queue. After having taken the lift, you won't stay for more than 10 minutes at the top. For 25 Liras, it is a very expensive time/price ratio.

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Huntington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The tower closes relatively early compared to the rest of the city, so don't leave it for the end of your day -- I actually didn't get to enter the tower, but it's a cute little area to lounge around for a while. Also, it's at the top of a pretty steep hill, so be prepared for a short hike.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The tower provides a wonderful view over Istanbul. We got there just before it opened at 9am and were in the first group of people to the top, which was ideal as we didn't have to queue and it wasn't crowded at the top.

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Ferrara, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The view from the balcony at the height of more or less 80 m is interesting and suggestive, mainly at the sunset. However, this narrow corridor is often overcrowded and the selfie-mania possibly could disturb. The price is relatively high (25 TL).

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Never skip seeing Galata Tower after walking down all İstiklal Street for hours! It is 10 minutes away! and you walk down on a very nice street, called Galip Dede Str, inclined downwards, which is full of small gift and music shops aligned both side and in the old small buildings. Around the tower there are some cafes to sit,... More 

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We queued for over an hour to go up the Galata tower, but the stunning 360 degree views of Istanbul from the top were well worth it! The tower has a lift, so don't worry about having to walk up loads of stairs, and also has a restaurant, and restrooms if needed. It was very crowded on the viewing platform,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

amazing 360 degrees view from the top it is worth a visit but be aware that the ticket is also extremely expensive

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

It's definitely a place worth visiting because once up there it gives you a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Unfortunately there are so many people up on the tower that it is hard to enjoy the panorama without having a selfie stick in your face. You can barely move around, it's that busy. It costs 25TL to go up... More 

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