Galata Tower
Historic Site
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The nine-storey, 67-meter-tall Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) is an ideal location for 360-degree views of city – especially at sunset. It is not known precisely when a tower was established here, though the present form dates back to 1348. It was built by the Genoese settlement that lived in today’s Galata and Karaköy neighborhoods during the Byzantine times. Once a fire tower, observatory and prison, perhaps the tower’s most famous role was being the platform for history’s first man-made flight. In 1632, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew from the top of the tower, across the Bosphorus, to Üsküdar with wings that he invented himself. These days, long queues can form for sunset, so best to get there an hour before the sun dips behind the skyline.
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Based on 5783 Travellers Review
Nov 4, 2016
you can see the best view of istanbul for sure and enjoy coffee or beer at nearby restaurants. A must see! read more>>
Nov 3, 2016
Beautiful tower, great view. The climb up is quite intense though, I would not recommend this unless you are in good physical condition read more>>
Nov 2, 2016
Fascinating to learn about its history, how it was built, why it was built and then, to go to the top and see Istanbul! read more>>
Nov 2, 2016
Angela A
It is located one of the most crowded streets of Istanbul and looks into Golden horn. Best time to visit is before sunset. read more>>
Nov 1, 2016
Hairol C
the view form this point is totally incredible, a bit expensive but really worth it, I loved it, cant wait to be back. read more>>
Galata Kulesi 1, 34421 İstanbul
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