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Galata Tower, Istanbul

4.2
#7 of 190 in Sightseeing in Istanbul
Observation Deck Historic Site
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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  • Galata Tower wasn't high on my hit list, but I am so glad I went. I was wandering in Beyoglu, came across it, and went up on a whim. The interior has been mostly gutted and made modern. Expect a metal...  more »
  • This is very crowded but worth it. Most likely you will find a line since the elevators can not bring everybody up at ones. Ones you arrive it will be more crowded while you try to see outside on the ...  more »
  • This was called the Tower of Christ. Now it houses cafes and restaurants. This is an important site and also commands a good view of Istanbul.  more »
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  • I gave the four stars only for that breathtaking view from the tower and nothing more. The cafe and restaurant is more expansive than it deserves. When you sit there and eat it is almost impossible to see outside from the crowed that is gathered around the highest level of the tower. One realizes truly how beautiful Istanbul is when looking at the sea and Haliç from outer balcony that surrounds the highest level of the tower.
  • Great view once you reach the top but not worth it.. it's too narrow and you won't get the chance to see every corner if it's crowded. Enjoyed the view of the tower from a distant point though.
  • Another iconic site in Istanbul. Good views over the Golden Horn, Bosporus and Istanbul. Some nice coffee places located around the tower.
  • Absolutely breathtaking views of all of Istanbul. Brilliant panoramas. You might even find a few storks
  • It is a perfect place to see the both sides at once. At the same time, perfect tower in terms of the architecture. However, you need to wait in line to see it also narrow stairs with narrow balcony which is not possible to move around without touching sb.

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