"Galata Tower - Soar over the city" Galata Tower Tip by mightywease

Galata Tower, Istanbul: 99 reviews and 234 photos

  Looking towards the Galata Tower
by mightywease

The Galata Tower in Beyoglu was built in 1348 as part of the Geonese Fortifications. It has been used as a watchtower and observatory and is now a tourist attraction with a nightclub and restaurant on the top two floors.

Having seen it stand out as one of the defining images of the Galata skyline it was great to go up it and see the wonderful vista of the city spread beneath and around us.

A lift then a short flight of stairs takes you to the Observation deck with its fantastic views. Look out towards the Bosphorus, The Goldern Horn, Topkapi Place or the minarets of Aya Sophia and Suleymaniye Mosque. Look down at the intricate network of narrow streets surrounding the tower.

While I adore the bustle of the streets and bazaars of Istanbul being at the top of Galata Tower provided a breathing space, an airborne retreat where you could open your arms and encompass the whole of this remarkable city.

Opening Times: 9.00am-7.00pm daily

Address: Buyuk Hendek Sok., Beyoglu
Directions: In the midst of a warren of narrow streets.
Phone: 0212 245 1160
Website: http://www.galatakulesi.org

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 1, 2006
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