Maybe you’ll notice the cylindrical stone tower jutting out of the skyline in Istanbul’s city center. This tower is known as the Galata Tower. It’s easily recognized by its cone-shaped roof. Galata Tower was constructed in 1348 by the Genoese as a defense structure. But during the Ottoman period, it became a place where prisoners were detained. Afterwards, it was converted to a fire watchtower.
The Galata Tower remains popular among locals and tourists for its 360 panoramic views of the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Historical Peninsula. It used to be known as ‘Christea Turris’ or the Tower of Christ. Over the years, it has undergone plenty of renovations after being damaged by an earthquake, a storm and various fires. Luckily, it has been restored to its former state.
Standing at 219 feet, visitors will be glad to know that there’s an elevator that can take them up 7 floors. However, they have to climb the stairs to access the last two floors. At the top, there’s a café restaurant where one can enjoy a traditional Turkish cuisine with a dance performance.
If you love to experience magnificent views in Istanbul, visit this medieval iconic tower!
Bereketzade, Galata Kulesi, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Admission fee is 35 Turkish Lira. Children under the age of 7 free of charge
Daily: 9am - 7pm