Galata Tower © cristic
The Galata Tower, called Christea Turris (the Tower of Christ in Latin) by the Genoese, is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul's historic peninsula and its environs.
Erected as a bastion for the walls of the 14th century colony of Galata, the tower offers a 360º view of the old town. Today it is a sought-after conference venue, offering fine dining at its restaurant and belly dancing displays in its very own night club.
Address: Bereketzade Mahallesi, Galata Kulesi, BeyoÄŸlu/Ä°stanbul, Turkey.
Transport: Centrally located, the Galata Tower is within easy reach using Istanbul's public transport systems.
Opening times: 9am-8.30pm, Monday to Sunday.
Admission: TRY 18.50