Galata Tower, Galata Tower Restaurant, Galata Tower Price

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Galata Tower is one of the symbols of Istanbul, Turkey. 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.

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. Now the upper floors hold the panorama balcony. There’s an admission fee, not too expensive.

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.

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

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. 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.

The easiest way to get the Galata Tower is to take M2 metro line and get off at Şişhane Metro Station. Galata Tower is visible from the Şişhane exit of the Şişhane Metro Station and is only five minutes by walking.

Galata Tower Address: Bereketzade Mahallesi, Galata Kulesi Sk. 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul/Turkey

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