Galata Tower is a place to be visited in order to watch Istanbul’s silhouette from the Golden Horn to the Bosphorus. This tbuilding was a watchtower used for Istanbul’s security for centuries.
During the two centuries until the conquest of Istanbul, it was the Genovese who dominated the Galata region, and they built 24 towers in order to be able to protect this city which was open for the attacks from the sea. One of those towers still survives today: Galata Tower…
The tower was built in 1348 and was harmed by the earthquakes. It went through several repairs during the Ottoman period and was used as a shipyard storehouse, dungeon and particularly as a fire watchtower.
The tower has a total of 9 floors and the top floor serves as a touristic restaurant. You can use the elevator until the 7th floor and then you will climb the stairs to the top. When you reach the 9th floor of the tower you come across one of the most beautiful scenery in Istanbul: Beyoğlu, the Bosphorus, Marmara Sea, the Golden Horn, and the historical Peninsula. When a colorful harmony of Istanbul’s silhouette is added to the scenery at sunset time, it becomes so delightful that one cannot get enough of it.
The tower is open for visits everyday from 09.00 to 20.00. The entrance fee is 5 YTL for the local visitors and 10 YTL for the foreigners.
Telephone: +90 212 293 81 80