Galata Tower

Galata Tower

One of the best view of Istanbul from the Beyoglu side. Head up the Galata Tower and prepare yourself to jaw-dropping cityscapes. At 67 meters high, tower rules over the Istanbul skyline, offering outstanding views of the Old City, the Golden Horn, Bosphorus Bridge, Maiden’s Tower and many top attractions of the city.

The Galata Tower traces its origins back to the 6th century but it had its current appearance in 60’s restoration. The Romanesque style tower was built in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. The medieval stone tower, known as the Tower of Christ, was the tallest building in Istanbul when it was built in 1348.

In 1638, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi flew by using artificial wings from this tower across the Bosphorus to the  Uskudar on the Anatolian side.Starting from 1717 the Ottomans began to use the tower for spotting fires in the city.

It’s one of the most popular historical attraction in Istanbul, every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to this fascinating tower. We recommend you to spare some time to visit the unique Galata Tower. It also contains an elegant restaurant at the top.

Close to the metro station (Sishane stop), open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special hours for restaurant. Admission to the balcony costs 11 Turkish Lira (about $7 USD). See the tower’s website for more details.