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Galata Tower

Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey (Beyoğlu)
212 293 8180
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Ranked #47 of 648 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
Activities: Antiquing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

It's a nice view but not worth the 18 lira (us$9) ticket fee to ride the elevator up 7 stories and then shuffle around the crowded wall way to "enjoy" the view. Unless you really want to see the view, skip it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Offers a very nice view of Istanbul. Also you can optionally take a photograph in Ottoman setting for 15 Liras (Around 7 USD) which made my wife really happy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

It is worth to book there a table for dinner and take some night shots of the city from the terrace. Really stunning view. The restaurant itself is good, we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, the service was a bit slow tho.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The Galata Tower is easily visible from most points in central Istanbul and is another must to visit. However, at 18.5 TL for admission you will need to spend awhile admiring the views of city to justify price and queue. Best to avoid weekends, unless upon opening, as 30 minute queues quickly build up. Lifts to the two restaurant floors... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This tower has a very interesting history, as well as amazing 360° views of Istanbul. It's not at all out of the way, just on the other side of the bridge. Beware: they only accept cash, but lira, euro, and dollar are all OK. They have an elevator ride up and down to the 7th level, then you walk up... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We would recommend to go up after sun set. An amazing 360° view over the old town the new town waits for you.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I climbed the tower with my cousins last summer. The ticket prices are not too bad. You get a 360 view of the city. It is quite amazing. I would recommend you climb the tower around sunset. You will see why :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The view was great, you get to see most of Istanbul. Its quite pricey (all is relative) to enter the tower, but it was worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The tower is impressive to look at and offers impressive views from the balcony. Note, the elevator does not go all the way up and you need to walk a couple flights to get to the VERY narrow balcony that made me quite nervous to share with a packed crowd of people. If you have the time, are in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Although you have to wait in the queue, thε view is just amazing!. You will take the elevator and then the stairs to climb on the top and admire the whole view. You can take wonderful photos of Istanbul, and there is also a restaurant if you feel hungry.

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