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Galata Tower, Istanbul
(4.2/5 based on 5,500+ reviews on the web)
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 had been here 10 years ago and wanted to take my wife to see the sights from the tower and eat at what was a pretty good restaurant. Well, skip eating there. The menu is sparse and the place has bee...  more »
  • We went at night because our hotel was around the corner. The streets around focused numerous bars and restaurants. Young people walking and talking! Laughter everywhere! The tower is a scenario. Has an elevator, you just need to climb two floors! And how worth it! The view is beautiful. It also has a restaurant and a café where you can enjoy your çhai while enjoying the scenery!!
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  • Above, you have great views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Everyone should go there once. The Outlook is so overwhelming
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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.