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Galata Tower
Holiday Travel Guide

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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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 RM807 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)

"I frequently stay in this hotel particularly for its view to Bosphorus, and close proximity to Nishantas. I always select the room with view to Bosphorus, but in my last two visits I was given a partial view and I made my preferences clear to the staff at the lobby. First time they changed my room, ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 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 RM416 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

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! (897 reviews)

"A great hotel with great services and staff! Highly recommended to all future travelers into Istanbul!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2020

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CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul
CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul
5 out of 5
Gümüssuyu Mah. Inönü Cad. No:8, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM661 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Located in Taksim, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taksim Square, Istiklal Avenue, and Vodafone Arena. Dolmabahce Palace and Pera Museum are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (673 reviews)

"Super clean. Looks nicer than the pictures. Exceeded all our expectations."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2021

CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul
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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 RM807 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan
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 RM416 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Pera Palace Hotel
CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul
CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul
5 out of 5
Gümüssuyu Mah. Inönü Cad. No:8, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM661 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul
Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus
Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Kemankes Caddesi No: 57-59, Karaköy - Beyoglu, Istanbul
The price is RM245 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
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Metropolitan Hotels Bosphorus
Metropolitan Hotels Bosphorus
Purtelas Hasan Efendi Mahallesi, Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi No. 47 Findikli, Istanbul
The price is RM242 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
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The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
5 out of 5
Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi, No:6, Elmadag/Sisli, Istanbul
The price is RM845 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Istanbul Golden City Hotel
Istanbul Golden City Hotel
4 out of 5
Tersane Cad. No. 111, Karaköy, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM196 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Istanbul Golden City Hotel
Levni Hotel & Spa
Levni Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Ankara Caddesi No: 12 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM251 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
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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 RM333 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Pera
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.