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Galata Tower

Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey (Beyoğlu)
212 293 8180
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Ranked #41 of 643 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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Pozzuoli, Italy
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182 reviews 182 reviews
69 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to stand on line for a half hour in anticipation to get up to the viewing deck only to have some obnoxious French or Italian tourist take their sweet time up there, not allowing anyone to pass around them. Then when you do, you feel like you're going to fall off. It's a precarious place, not a place... More

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Orangevale, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

It's a quick 10 min taxi ride from the old city to Galata Tower, or a 20 min walk uphill from the end of Galata bridge. The line to enter the tower moves quickly and efficiiently. Once inside, you purchase your ticket and enter the elivator that takes you to the landing, restaurnat and bathrooms. You must walk up 20... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The tower is definitely worth a visit for the amazing panorama of the city. Visit early in the morning to avoid the long lines.

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Castle Pines, Colorado
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The elevator inside takes you almost to the top, just a couple of flights of stairs to the very top. It is a very nice 360 degree of Istanbul, worth viewing. Recommend getting there early as lines are constant and long all day. Restaurant at the top is very pricey.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

as an istanbul lover i highly recommend this place to everyone, who loves to take photos must go and take some photos of historical town and the bosphorus :) especially sunset is great ...

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Cairo, Egypt
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

When you first look at this tower, you can only wonder how is it not that high & still provide a good view?! Actually due to the geographical nature of Istanbul, which have high & low places, the tower is located on one of the highest places in Istanbul, which gives the amazing view. Also, after taking the elevator up,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The tower is worth visiting for the great views over the city. We visited on a weekday afternoon and queued for 15 minutes so not bad. Excellent photo opportunities at the top. Don't bother with the cafe at the top - it's awful. Bad food and terrible service.

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Ploiesti, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Enjoy a beautiful sunset from Galata Bridge and admire the landscape of Istanbul. Take into consideration the queue which can lasts even an hour at that time.

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Munich, Germany
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Before going to Istanbul I heard a lot about the tower, but when I got there I didnt expect it to be so impressive. Its such a beautiful old building full of history... not to mention the amazing view of the city. I have to say it was my favorite attraction in the Istanbul, a MUST no doubt! I went... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

looked very nice but the walk to get from the main road up to the Tower area was very steep, lots of shops on route, but if you are suffering from asthma or breathing problems then I don't advise you walk up the hill.

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