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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 #43 of 644 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Excellent place to start Istanbul trip.From there you will get a 380 degree view all over the town and the Bosforo Strait.Amazing!!!!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I was a little hesitant to visit the tower thinking this is not a place for the money. But I was glad to visit this place. The view from the top on sunny beautiful day was gorgeous. We had a dessert and a drink at the restaurant on the top which made the visit very relaxing. We went up using... More

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Perth WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We caught a tram then the funicular railway to visit the Galata Tower in Istanbul and were very pleased to find that it had a lift inside for most of its height. There are better views from hotels higher up but they lack the history of this old stone structure. However progress around the wonderful 360 degree view was very... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Nice area of Istanbul for visiting and probably even better for relaxing, while enjoying a nice , quiet evening over a cup of tea or a beer.

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The 360 degree view from the viewing platform was spectacular BUT very narrow and congested and poorly managed. Queue was long and moved slowly because of the speed of the 2 lifts and also once up there another queue and the slowness of some inconsiderate people who insist on taking hundreds of photos with every step around the tower (It... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Not just the tower, but the whole district iz AMAZING! Entering the tower is upto you (you could go in and take amazing pictures) but even if you decide not to enter, the area is just great. You can do many things around there. I recommend you to go and spend some time around there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

The views from a 360°vantage are amazing, especially as the sun was going down, but at 18.50Lira and 45 minute queue...have to ask if it is worth it. Again another monument to a time past that is lucky to have survived but price is pretty steep

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Turin, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

beatiful panorama but nothing else, 18.5Lt and there are not even the antique stairs, but an elevator... there aren't historically or architectural explanations, nothing, you caan only do a tour to make photos but there is the queue. Absolutly to avoid from bar, 18 lt 2 coffes...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A trip up the tower is worth it. The 360 view of Istanbul is beautiful. If you're travelling with young kids the walk around the tower at the top is quite narrow in places (single file). If you're using a backpack style kid carrier, take it off before going outside. Otherwise you'll be constantly moving out of peoples way. Definitely... More

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Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Don't be intimidated by how much you need to climb to get to the top- there is an elevator, and then you need to walk about 2 storeys of a spiral staircase to the top. It culminates in a near restaurant but the balcony- is what you're really there for. Keep walking around the tower in its balcony and you'll... More

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