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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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  • For 3 months, I am now in Istanbul and now finally managed this tower which the northern end and the main bastion of the Genoese settlement Galataund 1348/49 as the Christ tower was built. After the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottomans in 1453, the tower was partly destroyed, but soon recovered. More damage occurred by an earthquake in 1509 and by fires in the years 1794 and in 1831. In 1638 Hezarfen Ahmed Çelebi flew out from the tower over the Bosphorus. The building, which is located demMeeresspiegel 48 m above, measures 67 m to its cone-shaped top and dominated the northern shore of the Golden Horn. From the 16th century, it served as Watchtower, towards the end of the Ottoman Empire as a fire Lookout, a function held by the Tower in the 1960s. He was later privatized, renovated and opened for tourism. So much for the history of this tower. Recently it has developed a simulator on the second floor of this tower makes time to fly the tourists through Istanbul with a plane and seduces the with the historical. The area is a bonus for the tourists with their coffees, restaurants and shops again. On the whole, it is a must for every tourist.
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  • A beautiful view, especially to the sunset, although a little face the input and little control of it people that rises, by what sometimes there are stacking.
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  • Once you get to this location which is up loads of steps and windy streets, it is just enormous and very spectacular. Once up the top, the views from the viewing platform are just awesome. You can see...  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.