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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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The view from the top is definitely worth the wait and the elevator ride up. The balcony around the tower is pretty narrow and there are many people there. But you can still walk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The view from the top is definitely worth the wait and the elevator ride up. The balcony around the tower is pretty narrow and there are many people there. But you can still walk around and the a 360 view of the city. On the way down, you need to walk down the narrow stairwell. The neighborhood is interesting and... More 

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mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

all old structures are very well preserved and majestic in Istanbul. the architecture is amazing . we saw it from outside only.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are in the area, go see it, but not worth going out of your way. Looks better at night than it does during the day. It's in the middle of a pretty run down area.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Galata tower gives the top view of entire istanbul city. Gives a beautiful view os cruise and boats sailing in the great bosphorus river.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This tower is well worth a visit however queues can get quite long and it can get crowded at the top there is a lift most of the way up and then some winding stairs. Good view from the top.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's my first time to Istanbul, since I only had few time, I only pick some attractions to visit. This tower is definitely a must visit attraction!! The view was super amazing!!

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Udaipur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Galata tower is very Beautiful. It is very nice tourist attraction. People visiting Istanbul must visit this place. I'd definitely recommend this place to all tourist.

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Yerevan, Armenia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We have been in Istanbul for several times and didn't visit this tower. The last time we have been there, we have decided to climb it eventually. It's a very commercial place and is owned by a private person, so you can already imagine... The only thing you may like is the view. The rest isn't worth going in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best thing about this tower is that they actually have an elevator inside to take you to the top. I've been through many cities in Europe and this is the first time that I didn't have to actually climb up the stairs the top in a medieval tower. There is a restaurant at the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great outing and worth the money. Perfect place to take photos of a 360 degree view. Wouldn't be complete without a selfie stick, as the tourists all move a few steps on around the tower each time to take photos with a new background.

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