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Address: Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 293 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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It's located in the busy corner of the city . It is surrounded by small cafes and the shops are are worth a look . You can skip looking the inside the tower .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

It's located in the busy corner of the city . It is surrounded by small cafes and the shops are are worth a look . You can skip looking the inside the tower .

Thank Highlandtrekker
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The area itself with the old beautiful paving stone and small buildings is a masterpiece I believe. Apart from the tower, walking through the historic narrow streets is so nice. (Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes, high heels are not recommended at all.) Due to all the noise and tourists wandering all around and everything, surprisingy you feel comfortable in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In my opinion this one of the top 4 attractions that you should visit while you are in Istanbul. 360 degree view as if you travel by sight between Europe and Asia and within it there is Cafe and restaurant if you want to grape a bit. I don't recommend this place for kids or people who have phobia of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Don't pay money for a tourist trap tour. Once you get your bearings, buy an Istanbul card. A plastic card that allows you entrance to trams, buses and boats. Then you can make your own tours including boat-- without paying the high prices--like the locals

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is my second review for Galata Tower, it is so beautiful and in cold weather, sea guys will glide at the top and they look so beautiful, don't miss the coffee shop near the tower, they have the best Turkish coffee and tea, not to mention the sweets.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's hard to say if the view (very cramped) is worth the price. If you go to one of the many roof-top restaurants, you'll get the same view. The area around Galata Tower is great though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's not very cheap, but the incredible 360º view of Istanbul makes it totally worth it! There's a cafe on the 7th floor, nothing special, high prices, but a nice stop anyway.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

situated just above the Galata Bridge easy to easy to each and must see attraction. straight tram from Sultanehmat district

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It looks great, but you can get almost the same view from places around and way cheaper. I really believe that they should put the price a bit lower and they would have more tourists to enjoy it :(

Thank Mayazakyyy
Tbilisi, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The tower is overlooking the city, in order to reach it you have to cross the Galata bridge and climb up, which will take around ten minutes or approach from Istiklal street. The queue was really long by the way, but it's absolutely worth to wait. The panoramic views over the bridges, Bosphorus, ancient city. It's totally worth it.

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