One of the first places to visit is the Galata Tower.
From here you will get the best panoramic views of the old and new city, as well as great views along the Bosphorus, Golden Horn and the Sea of Mamara.
There is of course a lift wiothin the Galata Tower :-)
if u croos the bridge from the side of the blue mosque u can see the tower just there - so walk to it and then buy a ticket (5 miil) and go up to watch all the erea around u - ull see the other sdie and all the mosques and ull see the bosphorus river and its beautifull
Built by the Genoese in 1348 as part of their fortifications, the Galata Tower is by far the most prominent feature on the Beyoglu skyline. We never even made it over to that part of the city, but at least I got one good shot of the tower from a distance.
An old tower, which pierces the skies of ancient Constantinople...
60 meters - not that high in comparison to some of the modern constructions, but this is that very hight that doesn't make you sick and let you enjoy the view from a birds fly....
There are cafe and restaurant on the top, which are rather tourist oriented and thus overpriced.
However the view is worth paying 6,000,000 TL (about $4,5).
PS By the way, the view from the towers toilet is great as well :))))
Build by the Genoeses as a watch tower for defense purposes..
Galata is the quarter which occupies around the tower. City's one of the most attractive landmarks is the Galata Tower, whose huge, cone-capped form dominates the skyline on the Galata side of the Golden Horn. It was built in 1348. The tower was thoroughly rebuilt several times during the Ottoman period and in the past decade it has been superbly restored.It was opened to the public in 1967 and has now a modern restorant and cafe on its upper floors.
Just enjoy the wonderful view from the top of the tower..
The Galata tower was built in 1348 and it was used as a watchtower. It is about 60 meters high and since it is built on a hill, it offers great views of the city. There is a coffee shop and a restaurant at the top.
The tower will greet you after you have walked down Istiklal kaddesi. I didn't go up there, even when I was told the view was superb. There is a restaurant club on the top, which is very popular with foreign tourists, and locals that can afford de seventy five million liras. So there.
The Galata Tower was built by the Genovese traders in 1349 as a watchtower and a fortification for their walled enclave. Today it is a monument very visited by tourist and fans oh Galatasaray Football Club.
You will see it anyway if you come to Istanbul.
But the challange is to go their and went inside!!!
This is one of symbols of Istanbul.
The tower was built by the Genoese colony as part of their town defense fortifications in the 14 Century. Genoeseans called it Christea Turris (Tower of Christ).
It was used at different times as a prison and a fire-watch tower.
Since 1967, it hosts a restaurant with folklorik shows and during the daytime it is open to visitors for panoramic views of the region.
The present height of the tower is 63 m (206 ft.)
In the Galata area (across the Golden Horn as you cross the Galata Bridge from Eminonu) you can find this tower whose silhouette dominates the skyline on the Galata side of the Golden Horn.This tower was part of the fortifications of Genoese Galata.
You can go up to enjoy a wonderful view of the city, and even have lunch / dinner at the restaurant inside.
Take a picture of Istanbul's old town from the Galata tower. If your accomodation is near the Grand Bazaar, it will take a while to walk there, but we found it one of the best spots to take pictures about the mosques.
The Tower itself dominates a kind of square where young Turks often take soccer practice. For special occasions and holidays, or for the sake of advertisement generally, the Tower is strung with thousands of lights, often complemented by similar lights on Yeni Cami across the Golden Horn. Historically, this tower is the most prominent relic of the fortified Genoese colony that passed out of existence by 1500.