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“Great view but not much else”
Review of Galata Tower

Galata Tower
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$68.95*
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Morning Galata Tower and City Tour of Istanbul
Ranked #64 of 1,202 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner 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.
Reviewed May 21, 2015

The Galata tower is a pretty piece of landscape. Picturesque and good to look at but not much inside. Great view at the top but not a lot different from many rooftop restaurants in town. Not worth waiting in a long queue.

Thank DaveK521440
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Reviewed May 21, 2015

The Galata Tower is a must see on your Istanbul tour. You should weigh the cost before buying a ticket though. The observation area is very narrow and troublesome with people and backpacks. The view is amazing if you don't mind the crowd. The story of the tower offers a glimpse into the history of the city.

Thank Richard K
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Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is no more than a view tower. There is very little on the history of the tower itself, and as good of views can be gotten from rooftop patios, Suleymanie Mosque.

If you go at sunset expect huge crowds and an excessively slow moving line around the tower.

For the cost, go to a nice rooftop bar or restaurant. 25TL/pp is crazy (plus the 10TL for locals is a slap in the face to tourists).

Thank agentpeach
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Reviewed May 20, 2015

Beautiful old tower, not far from the bustling Istiklal Street. We had to queue a little while to get in, took the lift to the cafe level then walked the final flight to the top of the tower. Amazing views of Istanbul. It was a little crowded - and not helped by other tourists going counter-clockwise when everyone was directed to go clockwise! Cafe overpriced but many other little cafes and some interesting shops in the vicinity.

Thank Vivi17Farnborough
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Reviewed May 19, 2015

This Genoese Tower is the best place to look to the city and its surrounding is full of nice restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. Don't miss it.

Thank oymakas
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