Galata tower/Galata tower (Galata Kulesi)

Located in the European side of Istanbul on a high hill of Galata. It can be seen almost from any point of the Central part of the city. The tower height of 61 meters (despite the fact that it was built in the 14th century!), a diameter of 9 meters, height above sea level is 140 meters.
Galata tower in its current version was built by the Genoese in the mid-14th century. Then, however, she had a different name — literally, "tower of Christ" — and the building it was intended to perpetuate the fact of expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople.
For centuries the Genoese Galata tower was used as a fire tower, and as the starting point of air travel (in 1633 started here a daredevil on artificial wings), and as a place for panoramic photos of Istanbul. And in 1965 Galata opened to the public.
Address: Bereketzade Mah. Büyük Hendek Cad. Galata, Beyoğlu, İstanbul
41.025655188052/28.974106907845
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Great view but not much else
DaveK521440 , Istanbul, Turkey, 2015-05-21
The Galata tower is a pretty piece of landscape. Picturesque and good to look at but not much inside. Great view at the top but not a lot different from many rooftop restaurants in town. Not worth... read full review
Not designed for large people.
Richard K , Memphis, Tennessee, 2015-05-21
The Galata Tower is a must see on your Istanbul tour. You should weigh the cost before buying a ticket though. The observation area is very narrow and troublesome with people and backpacks. The view... read full review
Expensive and offered very little
agentpeach , Toronto, Canada, 2015-05-20
This is no more than a view tower. There is very little on the history of the tower itself, and as good of views can be gotten from rooftop patios, Suleymanie Mosque. If you go at sunset expect... read full review
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  • Ömer Joya, 17-01-2014

    Adam tahtadan Kanat yapıp uçuyor Hemde o zamanda Ne akıl Ne cesaret şöle bakınca Vay beeee dedik köpemle beraber... Oda öle bişiler dedi

  • Av. Mustafa Kürşad, 09-12-2013

    Galata Kulesi istanbuln sembol değerlernden olup İstanbullu olsun olmasn herkesn ziyaret etmesi gereken etrafnda birçk tarihi ve turistik mekanı barındran size istanbulda olduğunzu hissettren yerdir.

  • Turkey's For Life, 15-11-2013

    Head for the top of Galata Tower on a first visit to Istanbul to get a wonderful, elevated overview of the beautiful city

  • 'Hakan, 17-10-2013

    Fatih Sultan Mehmet 1453'te buranin ilk mayor'u olmus :) huzur icinde yatsin bu guzel sehri bize armagan ettiigi icin...

  • Omar, 22-04-2013

    The beautiful Galata Kulesi <3. Photo credits: Omar Abu Omar.

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