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Galata Tower
Galata Tower

Galata Tower

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Bereketzade Mahallesi, Galata Kulesi Sk., 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
+90 212 293 81 80
http://www.galatatower.net/
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The medieval Galata Tower adds a fairytale element to the hilly Beyoğlu district, on the north side of the Golden Horn. Capped with a conical tiled steeple and gold finial, the 67 meter high stone ... Read more
tower was built by the Genoese in 1348. Visit the outdoor observation area at the top for a stunning panorama across to Sultanahmet, have dinner or a snack at the tower-top restaurant, or watch a Turkish belly-dancing show at the nightclub.

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San Jose

Employees no patient at all , not enough sign for guide and nothing about history of this bulging, and pricey

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Foster City

It is not too high, its about 9 story building, 52 meters to the observation deck. Great view of Istanbul from here.

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This view from the top is not to be missed. Don't worry, there's a lift to the top - only a few stairs to tackle. When you get down again there's a plethora of cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs to suit all tastes.

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San Diego

Nice view but it took 2 hours to get in there. You better go to a restaurant which has almost the same view!

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Dubai

One you reach the top, you have an awesome view of Istanbul. Beside it a lot of cool cafes

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Beirut

You cannot be in Istanbul without going to see Galata tower and the surrounding area, nice hotels, restaurants, pubs, etc.. Great view form the top as well a must try.

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Alexandria

The Galata Tower is one of the highest and oldest towers of Istanbul. If you are in Istanbul You must visit it ...

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Bedford

Galata Tower is easy to find - perched on a high hill overlooking the city. It's really worth learning about the rich history of this tower while you're there. Overall, amazing views!

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Hartford
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Amazing views of Istanbul from every angle of the tower! Enter the tower, elevate to the top, and embrace the scenery from a priceless location in the city!

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London

My poor rating is not due to the tower's historical architecture or the amazing panoramic view. The view is phenomenal, however there are some terrace restaurants with a similar view very close to the tower, where you can have a kebab an ayran and a tea for the price of a ticket. The inside of the tower is modern, it has a lift that will take you up 60 meters to the top floor where you'll find a modern cafe and one door leading to a narrow pathway on the outside where you can circle around and enjoy the view. So what can go wrong? The staff. I am basing this on my experience only and I know that most of the times everything goes smoothly. But when I was there it was hell. The queue in the cafe was disorganised, it was going the wrong way around causing confusion to people that had just arrived to the top. They wold join the queue at the small door leading outside frustrating the people inside that we're queuing for 30min. When the bartender finally acted, instead of reorganising the queue in the right direction he only made it worst by telling the people to go left on the narrow pathway instead of right... So the narrow pathway was now full of people trying to take pictures and squeezing to go in both directions. Obviously people are complaining with each other for going the wrong way. At some point my fiancé was on the other side of the tower while I was struggling to get passed people with my backpack... How romantic... When i reached the ground I demanded my money back only because the bad organisation and poor decision making of the staff. The lift boy directed me to the shopkeeper, he was every understanding but when he tried to help his manager told him that was not his job and that there was no way I was getting my money back! When I tried to reason with her she spoke to me in a very rude way. I had just got engaged, so I wasn't going to let this spoil my trip. So I left just by letting her know how disappointed I was (She smiled) and I promised her a bad review.

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Bedford

Although it's away from some of the more popular sites, this tower is the symbol of the city to many. Even if you can't make it over to the tower itself, at least be sure to check it out from the water, where it is visible up on it's hill.

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Berkeley

A must stop place in Istanbul if you are willing to get over the bridge to the Golden horn. You can see all of Istanbul from the tower, from the Sea of Marmara to the Bosphorus bridge and a little beyond on a good day. The 'balcony' where you stand, I wouldn't really call a balcony. It's more of a medieval gutter. So it's a little scary at first but well worth overcoming your fear of heights. The tower also has a cafe and restaurant with traditional Ottoman performances (around 80 lira for a table).

The original tower was part of the Theodosian walls and defense system but it was destroyed in the fourth crusade during the sacking of Constantinople by Latin Crusaders. The tower you see today was built in 1348 by the Genoese Colony (Pera District) and they called it Christea Turris (Tower of Christ). Since then it has been repaired and renamed several times.

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Santa Cruz

I enjoyed my trip to the top - the view is great, and I went at the end of the day to watch the sun set. The small walkway around the top is super crowded, with barely enough room to go around single file, but I just took my time, playing with my zoom lens to look at the city around us. It's nice enough, but not spectacular, and there are places to enjoy great views while calmly sipping a nice drink rather than being crushed by the crowd.

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Halifax

Galata Tower is a stone-built tower offering panoramic 360deg views over the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and Sultanahmet. There is a lift to the viewing gallery, and a restaurant is located on the upper floors

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Longmont

Galata Bridge was built by the Genoese during the Middle Ages as a watch tower over the area. The surrounding colony of Galata was independent of Constantinople until it was eventually captured by the Turks. Today it's one of Beyoglu's principle monuments, visible from the Bosphorus and the Asian shores. It also has one of the best views of the city. The only problem is that the wait can be really long and they charge 10 lira to climb the tower.

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Sofia

For the last night of your stay in Istanbul I recommend having a dinner in the most romantic restaurant in Istanbul, it is on the top of Galata tower - reservation needed. It is not cheep, but food is wonderful, music and entertainment program too. The view from the 360degree terrace is amazing, especially at nights, when all mosques are lighted in orange lights. Magician and spectacular view! You can visit the terrace without to be a guest of the restaurant.
Have a wonderful trip in this magician town!!

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Chicago

Totally underrated! I read about it but it was never on my must-see list and I think it is absolutely the best first stop to make in Istanbul! It gives you tremendous perspective of the city surrounds and the building itself conveys the strong history of the city.

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Munich

You definitely shouldn't miss visiting Galata Tower and it's amazing panorama of Istanbul. When we where up there, the muezzins just started to call to prayer and it was impressing to hear that form each corner of the city.

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London

Nice, but nothing special. It's one of Istanbul's landmarks from where you can enjoy a nice view on the Bosphorus. It could be worth it if you don't have the queue, otherwise you'd better skip it.

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Interesting very old tower, which in the top has a nice outdoors panoramic view of the city. There is also a café, which sells drinks and cake. There is also a night club on the 9th floor.

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