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Galata Tower, Istanbul

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Take in dramatic panoramic views of the city and traditional Turkish fare atop Galata Tower. A recognizable symbol of the city's skyline, the tower stands 66.9 m (219.5 ft) high. Often referred to as the "Tower of Christ," it was the tallest and most important building during the time it was being built. Have a meal or enjoy a drink at the restaurant and cafe located at the top. After hours the upper portion turns into a lively nightclub. See Galata Tower and all Istanbul has to offer by arranging your trip with our Istanbul vacation generator.
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  • I like that tower... there are many historical buildings around it. Cafes, restaurants. Shops. Turkish foods. World's kitchens. Jewellery shops designers shops. You will like to spend your day at Gala...  more »
  • The a must-see place, although some tickets at the entrance queue great worth will be amazed once again to İstanbul
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  • I would suggest going there at off peak times... the views are spectacular.............. restaurant was horrible  more »
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  • The tower itself is just breathtaking to gaze at. It was first build from wood; and was used as a minaret, then it was built from stone in later ages. the view from the top of the tower is amazing. You can see the bosphorus, the european and the Asian part altogether.
  • Needless to say, if you are in Istanbul as a tourist or if you reside here, you must explore the region. Go up into the tower to enjoy the view preferably during golden hour. Try to avoid weekends due to queues.
  • Good and perfect place to see whole Istanbul from above around 30m. You'll see Bosphorus, Asia side, Topkapı, Ayasofya, etc.
  • A place not to miss if you're visiting Istanbul. It has view that contains whole southern part of the bosphorus and the old city. There's an entrance e fee which is not a lot. You can find lots of stores for mementos here.
  • While there, I also suggest checking near houses for their outer beauty, then start think about why we don't apply any aesthetics in our life unlike old people. Yet we always vilify them for being 'uncivilised'. For the tower, it has beautiful view for a price. Also it is bigger than it looks in pics, since buildings around it make it look smaller. I dislike that such locations are privately administrated instead of controlled by culture ministry.