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Address: Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 212 293 8180
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

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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Impressive tower

Impressive tower, dominating the hill. Makes for wonderful screensavers, especially if you wait for the sunset. Common meeting place for tourists and locals alike. (It's a bit of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

this is something i feel everyone should go to its amazing experience have to see if your in instanbul

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked all the way here and the line to get in was over an hour wait. So we took our photos of the tower and kept walking. We also helped a cat by removing a candy stick that was stuck to its fur thanks to some kid throwing it on the ground. I am sure the views from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Go early to avoid queue. Nice view from the top, highly recommended. Also there are lots of nice cafes, bars and restaurants around the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

360 degree views of the city. Historically important. Limited space at the top. They have a restaurant even up there at the top. Would be a great place for a photographer with a zoom lens to be at. Entry fee applicable. Disappointed that they do not accept credit or debit cards.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Impressive tower, dominating the hill. Makes for wonderful screensavers, especially if you wait for the sunset. Common meeting place for tourists and locals alike. (It's a bit of a hike, though).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Be warned that queues can be long and the viewing balcony can get horribly overcrowded. An elevator goes most of the way to the top, but there is one flight of stairs to climb. Must See it .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The view of galata make you go back to old istanbul and give u this feeling of history Whenever i see galata i have this cosy feeling love it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In a very nice neighbourhood, you can visit this beautiful tower. Some steps to go up, but the view is wonderfull. It was at night, with lights over the city, in- and outflying airplanes, the Bosphorus... so much to look around!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll probably think twice about queueing up in the scorching heat to pay to enter a old tower, but believe me when I say the views are very rewarding. When you're in and up, you can enjoy a panoramic view of one of the most diverse cities in the world! From Asia to the East and the Old City to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

there is a lift and once your up there it is a very tight squeeze on the balcony along with all the tourists to actually go around and view the city views. people are gently taking selfies and pics so you kind of have to wait to pass as the balcony is so narrow. overall worth it as I really... More 

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