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Galata Tower

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Neighborhood: Beyoğlu
Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers, Sights & Landmarks
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul and 2 other guides
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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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Sunset anyone?

This is a great place for watching the sun go down at dusk where there is 360 degree view around Istanbul. There is a restaurant and café on separate floors but it is a tight... read more

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

This is a great place for watching the sun go down at dusk where there is 360 degree view around Istanbul. There is a restaurant and café on separate floors but it is a tight squeeze at the top. It does invite guests to use a clockwise rotation but when do people actually do as directed so expect congestion at... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I had really high hopes for the tower after reading all the reviews touting the great views. I arrived right at dusk and couldn't have been more disappointed. The staff were rude -- I got yelled at when the cashier didn't give me a ticket after I paid. The climb is narrow and claustrophic and then when you get to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

If you are in Istanbul and want to get a perspective of the city this is the place. make sure you go on a nice clear day because you get a better view. I really believe this site is a must, it's just so great to see the city from such a great vantage point. the down side is, I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Even if overpriced and crowded, the view is awesome. We waited in a queue for an hour but I would do that again. Bosfor, Golden Horn, Blue Mosque, Suleymanye, Topkapi and many more are visible from Galata Tower. It really deserves the visit and the waiting time. Just make sure it is a clear day...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

A trip to the top is great for getting your bearings in this wonderful city. Easy trip to the top in a lift but it is very narrow and you do need a head for height.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Walking down for 20 to 30 minutes on Istiklal Cad., you will see a street filled with graffiti, tattoo parlors and music shops - that busy and crowded street will take you to Galata. The first thing you will see in Galata are the bars and the restaurants. After a short walk, you will see the Galata Tower and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Worth the line to get up, worth the neighborhood to reach it, Galata tower offers you a great view of Istanbul, and the best is that it's open until 9 pm! We actually had a night view and it was lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The Tower is beautiful piece of architecture. Going up the tower affords you a 360 degree view of Istanbul. I did pick the time I went up to dodge rain and snow. It is open quite late to let you get some great night photos in winter. The wait was not too bad for the elevator to get up when... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

It charges 50 TL if you are a foreign visitor and 20 TL if you are not . I did ask why but was told they just worked there. The view is great but felt miffed at price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I would never pay tourist prices to go up in the tower. It was fine and nice views of a large part of Istanbul Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet, etc. but it was also very crowded! It took an hour to be there, but if I had been there by myself it would have taken a maximum of 15 minutes.

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