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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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A must do when in Instabul. Get some lunch on the bridge and walk if off by walking up the hill to the tower. Then catch the lift up. Great views and great coffee at the Cafe.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

A must do when in Instabul. Get some lunch on the bridge and walk if off by walking up the hill to the tower. Then catch the lift up. Great views and great coffee at the Cafe.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

........you could probably see forever, but even with rain the view was great and worth the trip to the other side. Quaint cobbled street/stairs to get there (think we went the long way) but worth it. Didn't try the restaurant or café - café looked a bit cheesey.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We arrived at Galata Tower close to sunset and were pleasantly surprised that the queue was only about 15 minutes before we reached the ticket counter and elevator. Our first view from the top was in the direction of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Topkapi Palace. While the view is amazing, they allow far too many people up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I like the view from the top of the tower. Very expansive of the older part of the city and across the water to the mosques. Perhaps even more, I like the view of the tower from the water itself with the wind passing by. Long walk to the tower and an elevator which is usually working takes you up.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

There is an elevator. That's the good side. You have to walk up a pretty big hill to get to the elevator, then have to climb a couple of stories to get to the top. That's the bad side (unless you really needed to work off that extra order of donner kabob). The views are worth it!! Eat or have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We went on a Sunday late afternoon. We waited for about 45minutes to get in at about 7pm. Be expected for long queue but I think it's worth the wait for the panoramic views. I would recommend going for the sunset because you can see Istanbul both in day light and enjoy the night views. Inside the tower - you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Some of the very best views of Istanbul. Its quite a walk up to the tower but has a lot of old world charm along the way. Really well worth the visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

25TL. You get good views in all directions, but that's all. An elevator takes you up. I recommend the staircase down because you can see some of the tower masonry.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A long queue, an expensive price tag, a crowded viewing platform with continuous pre-recorded announcements to keep moving around. Some good city views, but constant jostling due to the number of visitors There are a pair of lifts that take visitors to the top, where a restaurant and a separate cafe/bar can be found. Stairs are available, and we took... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

The views from the top of the tower are great. Not sure it's worth the 25TL entry fee. The inside of the tower has been renovated and it's tacky. Elevators take you to the 7th floor and you walk the final flight of stairs (past the restaurant). A nice experience but not a 'must see'.

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