Galata Tower © cristic
The Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karakoy quarter of Istanbul, sitting north of the Golden Horn inlet to the Bosphorus. Called Galata Kulesi in Turkish, it was erected as a bastion for the walls of the 14th century colony of Galata. One of the city's most striking landmarks, the high cone-capped cylinder dominates the skyline and offers panoramic vistas of Istanbul's historic peninsula and 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