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A close walk away from Istiklal Avenue, Taksim Square, and Beyoglu, the Galata Tower museum which is considered among the oldest towers in the world and one of the symbols of Istanbul, displays artefacts for visitors, reflecting all the historical periods of Istanbul. Being one of the tallest buildings in Istanbul until the mid-20th century, and once has served as a watchtower to help defend the city, the Galata Tower has one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Istanbul that you can enjoy on the top floor, before enjoying a delectable meal in one of the nearby restaurants that thrive along with the romantic atmosphere. The Tower is in the tentative list of Istanbul UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Travel Times: 10 KM – 35 Min by Private Transportation
Recommended Visit Hours: 09:00 – 10:00 when the crowds are less.
Recommended Span of Visit: 30 Minutes – 1.5 Hours depending on the lines.
Tips and Things to Know Before You Visit: The walkways are generally made of cobblestone, try to avoid wearing high heels to make your visit more comfortable. The top of the tower may prove to be cold, it is a good idea to bring an extra layer even if you are visiting in warm weather. Even though sunsets are beautiful from the upper floor, it is a good idea to find an alternative location to view the sunset, as those times are one of the most busiest.