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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
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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 great view of the bosphorous

I've passed by galata tower many times but took my first trip up to the top of the tower in July. There is a lift so no need to worry about climbing the height of the tower. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Every time I visit Istanbul, I visit Galata tower. I also always try to visit it different time of the day. I cant recommend when is the best time to go - any time is good. Just go and enjoy the view.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

It opens with a lift. Ladders are not used. A place that everyone should not come to Istanbul. The view of the great tower. In the lower floor of the terrace looking restaurant available. There are many restaurants and cafes around the tower.

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dublin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

I've passed by galata tower many times but took my first trip up to the top of the tower in July. There is a lift so no need to worry about climbing the height of the tower. The views are incredible. It was quiet when we there late in the afternoon so that might be a good time to visit... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

a very nice place with cheap restaurants , all neighborhood is not expensive . you can see the whole city from the top.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's a charming old market, but we're no expert in haggle, which make us easy targets for the overly friendly sellers. While the quality of products offered was not bad, but we didn't quite enjoy our shopping experience due to the tiring haggling process.

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Thank Inaku
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Formerly used as the watch tower of istanbul, this beautiful, historic and imposing structure is a joy to see. you could almost have a look at the whole city from the top of it. The lightning at night is absolutely amazing!!

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Thank Elmer P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Galata Tower is redolent of Istanbul's silhouette. Read the history of the place coming here must. The fare is not expensive. ( Take your student ID cards) Here you can see many historical sites of the bird's eye view. By the way you must enter fly ride for the good time or start to İstanbul again :) Enjoy the best... More 

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Thank Emre Ö
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I dont know how to explain but I fall in love it Galata tower isnt only tower for me , if you fall in love someone/ something , you can understand me 😅😅 Galata ♡ istanbul I think, the heart of Istanbul is here. 😍

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic sunset venue. Be aware of tourists with selfi sticks. Restaurant in the tower does not serve alcohol.

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Thank alefevre
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

VERY HUGE LINES BRING WATER GUYS especially during the summer. Metal detectors inside and cost 25 TL View is worth seeing but just very crowded

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