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Galata Tower

Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey (Beyoğlu)
212 293 8180
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As featured in 3 days in Istanbul
Ranked #47 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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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

the first time i saw the tower i wasn't planning on going there i was walking with my wife from taksim Squire until we reach it. it's look interesting but i don't think it worth a visit of it's own if your going through Taksim take the time and go there as part of your trip.

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Massa, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

that's for sure one of the main attractions you should visit if you spend at least three days in Istanbul, otherwise there are some better! Anywayr, I would suggest everyone to go to the tower in the afteroon to see the sunset;) fascinating! but it's irritating because it's too crowded! what a shame. It costs 18.50 TL. 1 hour queue.

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The building is really pretty from the outside. The lines are quite long. The ticket price does not justify what you get. You are shuttled into a small elevator, and once you get up, you walk up a few flights of a circular staircase. Then you (hopefully) get to walk out onto the balcony that encircles the tower. The problem... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

this tower is recognizable landmark in Istanbul. It Provides a good view of Istanbul. admission is 15TL. there is an elevator that brings you to the top. you can walk down the stairs on your way down you can view the city by walking round the viewing platform.. there is also a restaurant for your meals and enjoy the sights... More

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staffs
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

its a little unfair to criticize the tower. We were unable to get inside, due to the enormous queue it was at least an hour wait, so if you want to experience the view get there early

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Hawai'i
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

After a very long day on foot, we decided to check this place out, being that it sticks out like a sore thumb on the skyline. The line took about 40 minutes or so. You purchase your tickets inside and ride a tiny elevator up about 95% of the way, then walk up the rest. Once you get to the... More

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Dubai
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

There is a bit of a wait to get to the top, but once on top it offers excellent views of the whole city. However it is very cramped on top and there's not much place to move. There is not much else to do on top as well. Was tempted to go to the restaurant on top but views... More

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Tallinn, Estonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Tower itself is not very interesting but view is amazing. Loved it! You can see Sultanahmet, Asian side etc. Been there twice and would go back again for view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Bit of waiting to get in but well worth it. Amazing views of Istanbul! One of those places you've got to visit when in Istanbul.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Go to the Konak Cafe if the line is long at the tower and you'll get almost the same view! We didn't feel like waiting in the long queue at the tower so went to have lunch and ended up on the roof deck with fantastic views of the waterways

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