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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 #33 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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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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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

One of the best views of the city is from the Galata Tower. It was a joy to go up as I've read so much about this tower over the years. Small line when we went in March but I could see this being a disaster in late Spring or fall!!! Pretty tight up top as crowd tries to do... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Worth the wait in line and the crowds up at top for the killer view of the Bosphorus and Sultanahmet.

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

if you want to have a 360 degree view of Istanbul, then you have to visit this place. though nothing much to see aside from the view on top,nevertheless you have to include this on your itinerary, and if you are not afraid of heights this place is for you. I did not stay that much here, I just roamed... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I was there twice you can see not all of istanbul but you can see many things on the top but also very expensive place but not bad place...

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Abuja, Nigeria
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

one place, with 360 panoramic view all around Istanbul Lovely place and worth to be visit. I was there mid day time, and I am expecting at sunset the view will be even more perfect

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

As most review superb view, somehow line is long and enterance fee quite high but thinking about in order to maintenance this Great tower price still worth to be paid. It's a very well and better maintained tower than his counterpart bell tower at Florence. Same stunning view and history.

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We had walked across the bridge from Sultanahmet to climb the tower. It was a bit of a trek and in the middle of summer so it was quite hot! Worth the views at the top as you can walk around and get photos in every direction. We ended up getting a taxi back into the old town, which was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If u want to have a great view of sunset over the golden horn, then this is the place. One thing I don't really like about it is that the queuing time is largely different and unpredictable: I tried once to arrive 30min before sunset in low season and it felt like at least an-hour's wait; but when at this... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Unfortunately we arrived to Galata Tower after a long walk and did not had enough energy to queue in the line to visit it...However to get a better feel of the location, best is to do that at sunset or later if entrance is allowed and then enjoy the district of Galata where you can find a lot of bars... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This tower has been a tourist attraction since before the sultans. Yes its expensive but he views are magnificent .

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