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Galata Tower
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Galata Tower featuring heritage architecture and a city

Standing for over 650 years, this imposing cylindrical lookout point continues to offer special views over the city of Istanbul.

At just under 67 metres in height, Galata Tower was the tallest building in the city when built in 1348. It was constructed as the heart of the fortifications of the Genovese colony in Constantinople at that time, and was named the 'Tower of Christ'. Later, it became a lookout tower for fires in the 18th century, and was indeed seriously damaged by fire in both the 18th and 19th centuries. The most recent significant refurbishment took place during the 1960s, and the tower has been open to visitors since then.

Standing overlooking the Old City of Istanbul, Galata Tower commands excellent views from the outdoor panorama balcony. Many of the landmarks of Istanbul are laid out before you – the Bosphorus Strait divides the city, as it divides Europe from Asia. The strait is crossed by the Galata Bridge, which connects the two continents.

Soak up the view as you listen to the atmospheric call of the imams, summoning the faithful to prayer. Many of the other sights are on view here, from Topkapi Palace to the Hagia Sophia to the Blue Mosque.

The Golden Horn is a famous natural harbour in the strait – if you are in Galata Tower as the sun goes down at the end of the day, you'll get to see where this name comes from. There is both a restaurant and a café in the tower if you're feeling hungry, and also a nightclub on the top floor where Harem-style entertainment is mixed with traditional local dancing in a colourful and fascinating show of movement during the regular Turkish night shows.

Galata Tower is found in Beyoglu or 'New Town', north of the Golden Horn. There is a lift to the seventh floor, but you'll have to take the stairs for the last two flights to the viewing platform. It is recommended to book the restaurant before your visit, as it's very popular. The tower can be reached by public transport, and is open daily, with longer opening hours in the summertime. There is an entry fee, but it's half price on Monday.

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Top 10 Hotels Near Galata Tower

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM945 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center, Dolmabahce Palace and Taksim ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (948 reviews)
"Everything was amazing. Staff was very friendly and nice."

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2021

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM380 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Taksim, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pera Museum, Istiklal Avenue and Galata Tower. Istanbul Cruise Ship Terminal is 0.8 mi (1.2 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (922 reviews)
"Just a great hotel!! Highly recommended ☺️ Friendly helpful professional staff! Great location! Great city!"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2021

Pera Palace Hotel
The Marmara Pera
The Marmara Pera
4 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM296 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Galata Tower and Mixer. Taksim Square and Suleymaniye ...
4/5Very Good! (963 reviews)
"The property okay and the was okay too nothing very good and nothing very bad"

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2021

The Marmara Pera
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Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM945 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM380 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Pera Palace Hotel
The Marmara Pera
The Marmara Pera
4 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM296 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
The Marmara Pera
10 Karakoy Istanbul
10 Karakoy Istanbul
5 out of 5
Kemeralti Caddesi No: 10, Karakoy, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM321 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
10 Karakoy Istanbul
Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Pera
Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Pera
5 out of 5
Evliya Celebi Mah., Refik Saydam Cad. No 19 Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM361 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Pera
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
5 out of 5
Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi, No:6, Elmadag/Sisli, Istanbul
The price is RM945 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
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Istanbul Golden City Hotel
Istanbul Golden City Hotel
4 out of 5
Tersane Cad. No. 111, Karaköy, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM145 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Istanbul Golden City Hotel
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM298 per night from 5 May to 6 May
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
The Marmara Taksim
The Marmara Taksim
5 out of 5
Taksim Square, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM421 per night from 5 May to 6 May
The Marmara Taksim
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