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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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Great views

Set in the Beyoglu area, Galata tower has great views from the top and nice cafes on the cobblestone streets around the tower. Visit early in the day to avoid possible... read more

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Though the views of the city are nice (on a not so hazy day), not quite sure if it is worth a real wait - if you see a line to get in walk on! - to shuffle shoulder to shoulder around the rim of the tower. Best time to give it a go is the morning hours; recommended both... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This a historic site you must visit it when visit istanbul don't miss it and go there up and take a photo from the top there is allot of coffee shop down and around of the tower with nice 👍🏻 sitting with good view for Galata tower and there is allot of hand made shop near the tower the sale... More 

Thank soilrich
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is really nice and a must visit place when in Istanbul. The view from the top of the Tower are amazing! There is a nice coffee shop at the top too where you can have coffee or tea.

Thank German S
Bengaluru, India
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a beautiful tower but nothing extraordinary. It is very close to the Taksim Square and from the St Anthony's Church. The tower has an entry fees to enter and reach the top. Place around is crowded and has lots of restaurants and shops for clothes.

Thank hnams
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I recommend this place to every one. If you go there at evening, even it will be more beautiful ever for you.

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Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

so the museum pass docent work here its 25 lira its crowded the terrace is so narrow that the passage is always stuck many young people come here and take endless selfies so most of the time you will spend waiting to pass trough only plus is the view and the elevators

Thank ralph_san
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Its a VERY busy place, and probably not for the claustrophobic type, but its certainly worth the fee and view from the top. The stairs may be a bit tough for those with walking or climbing difficulty. Went during dusk and the 360 degree views were wonderful. Even with the crowds, the lore of the tower and the atmosphere is... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Set in the Beyoglu area, Galata tower has great views from the top and nice cafes on the cobblestone streets around the tower. Visit early in the day to avoid possible queues. Great landmark.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Dreamlike Panoramic view of İstanbul (including that of Constantinopolis and Byzantium) is a lesson of Civilisation.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

U should visit of course. The best place for the city view. I always recommend to my friends to go there.

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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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