Galata Tower is a must-visit attraction in Istanbul, Turkey. It is one of the symbols of Istanbul. Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul. It is one of the highest and oldest towers of Istanbul. It offeres great views of the Bosphorus and Istanbul.
Galata Tower is a cylindrical tower made from stone and it is approximately 67 meters long. Until the 1960s it was a fire lookout tower. On the 17th century, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi (an Ottoman citizen) attempted to fly from Galata Tower to Asian Shore of Uskudar and he worked on his project for years.
During the Ottoman period, Galata Tower functioned as jail, observatory house, and watch tower. After the restorations took place in 1960, Galata Tower was commercialized and opened to the public. Today, the tower functions as 360-degree viewing platform of Istanbul. Everday thousands people visit Galata Tower.
Galata Tower has been the best spot for the panorama of Istanbul’s historical peninsula and in the nineteenth century many artists drew the panorama of Istanbul from Galata Tower. Galata Tower is toward the tip of the Golden Horn.
Galata Tower Restaurant: Today, its upper reaches include a café, restaurant and a night club, both reached by elevator in the nine-story building, where one can find the stunning vistas. In the café you can enjoy some traditional dishes along with traditional style Turkish coffee and tea.
You find chic cafes, art galleries, design firms, boutiques, and restaurants around its narrow streets. The Galata Tower is also close to a number of monuments, museums, and public spaces such as Istiklal Avenue(Taksim), St. Antoine Church, Pera Museum, Galata Mevlevi House, and Crimean Memorial Church.
Is it expensive to visit Galata Tower? There’s an admission fee, not too expensive. It is 35 TRY (New Turkish Liras) which is around $5. (in 2020)
Whenever you reach the Galata Tower, you will see a long line in front of the entrance.
When should I visit Galata Tower? It opens at 9 AM and closes at 7 PM every day. It is possible to enjoy the night panorama of the Istanbul on the top of Galata Tower accompanied by a delicious dinner until 10 PM. If you visit on weekends there will be a very long queue. It will be better to visit early morning.
Galata Tower Address: Bereketzade Mahallesi, Galata Kulesi Sk. 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul/Turkey. It is easy to reach Galata Tower by bus, tram and also underground. The closest station to Galata Tower is Karaköy station. Also you can reach Galata Tower from Taksim square around 20 minutes walk.
Galata Tower Phone: +90 (0212) 293 81 80