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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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Istanbul holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Galata Tower and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Historic building with amazing views of the city. There is an observation deck for which there is a ticket also an extra ticket for the helicopter simulation.  more »
  • Excellent views over the old city and Bosphorus. Should be on the agenda during any visit to Istanbul.
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  • Beautiful place with the pride of 13th century, a must visit place in Istanbul to explore the beautiful view of Istanbul. Although it's chargeable I think its little high 25 TL /almost 7 USD, there is...  more »
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  • We visited the Galata tower when we were in Istanbul. A bit pricey to get to the top. But if you want a good view of the city you might as well invest in this attraction. We loved photographing the city of Istanbul. Got some really good clicks of the Bosphorus and the city dwellings. I'm not sure but I think we paid 50 TL for the two of us to get to the top of the tower. Beware there are a lot of cobblers in and around the area. Especially the one who sits right next to the tower. Total scam. He ripped us off some money. They will tell you stories and polish your shoes and you will think of it as a good gesture because obviously you didn't ask for the service. But No! They will rip you off. I was wearing espadrilles and there is no question of polishing them. Yet he forced my leg onto the polishing apparatus and asked for the money. So be careful ! And beware of your pockets being picked in that area.
  • It's not worth the trouble spending time and money on this"attraction". They have to lower the price for foreign visitors. And the fact that there's a restaurant up there makes it less attractive to me. Very pretty tower to see, though
  • Amazing sight. You can see the whole city from here - if you bear the steps upstairs. And at night a laser show plays on the sides which makes really cool collisions and movements, so the tower feels moving by itself. If you are here, come twice. Once at daylight for the sight, and once at night for the tower and the sight also. It really worth it.
  • Actually I’m not lucky because I cant go to the top of the tower, It’s too much crowd. It’s actually one of the most touristic place in Istanbul. Well you will found lot of tourist here. What I would like to share more about is the band who always sing around the tower which give another experience of visiting this place. The sing a song in turkish with guitar and there is an old man who dance all over and over. Around the tower you’ll also found an Ice cream truck to add more street experience for your exploration. In the end it’s depend on how you see things. There’s also a lots of souvenirs shop around here, Me and my friends decide to purchase some cool postcards here.
  • The Galata Tower had a lot more activities than we expected. After you buy your tickets the elevator takes you to the top of the tower where there are cafes and restrooms. you can go up one more flight of stairs to access the balcony and enjoy the amazing view. There's also a giftshop on the main floor and a 4D cinema on the second floor, the quality isn't great, but it's fun. It's a 10 minute Istanbul helicopter tour simulation. The area around the tour is also pretty nice with a lot of canteens and giftshops to look at.
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