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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.
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 km) away. Tunel Square Station is 6 minutes by foot and Tophane Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galata Tower, Istanbul Modern Art Museum and Spice Bazaar. Taksim Square and Grand Bazaar are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tophane Station is 5 minutes by foot and Karakoy Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Taksim, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pera Museum, Istanbul Modern Art Museum and Demiroren Istiklal. Museum of Innocence and Taksim Square are also within 15 minutes. Tunel Square Station is 9 minutes by foot and Taksim Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galata Tower and Grand Bazaar. Taksim Square and Hagia Sophia are also within 2 mi (3 km). Karakoy Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tophane Station is 9 minutes.
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Vodafone Arena, Dolmabahce Palace and Taksim Square. Istiklal Avenue and Pera Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km). Maçka Cable Car Station is 7 minutes by foot and Taşkışla Cable Car Station is 12 minutes.
Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galata Tower and Galata Bridge. Grand Bazaar and Taksim Square are also within 1 mile (2 km). Karakoy Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tophane Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Sisli, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bomontiada, City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center and Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre. Taksim Square and Dolmabahce Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). Osmanbey Station is 11 minutes by foot and Sisli Station is 20 minutes.
Located in Taksim, this luxury hotel is steps away from Ataturk Cultural Center and Taksim Square. Dolmabahce Palace and Galata Tower are also within 1 mile (2 km). Taksim Station is only a 2-minute walk and Findikli Station is 9 minutes.
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