Galata Tower in Istanbul, History & Location

Galata Tower

The History of Galata tower


At 219 feet high, Galata Tower in Istanbul rules over the Istanbul skyline, offering great views of the old city and its surrounding. The tower is one of the most important attractions in Istanbul.

The medieval stone tower, known as the Tower of Christ, The tower was built in the Romanesque style and it was the tallest building in Istanbul when it was built in 1348.

The tower has been modified over the centuries, Most of them occurred when the area was controlled by the Ottomans empire, at one time being used as an observation tower to spot fires.

Today, its upper reaches include a restaurant and a night club, both reached by elevator in the nine-story building, where one can find the stunning vistas.

As for some interesting tales about the Galata Tower, one of the most well-known stories revolves around the legendary Ottoman aviator Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi.

During the reign of Sultan Murad Khan, the Turkish aviator Hazarfin used wings attached to his arms and flew from the tower to Doğancılar Square in Üsküdar in the Asian side of Istanbul, cutting a distance of 3358 meters.

Due to this spectacular feat, Ahmed Shalabi became one of the most famous figures in the Turkish Air Force. In 1717 the tower was once again used as a control tower to monitor Istanbul.
Luckily, visitors can get up to the tower through the elevator, but the last two floors can only be reached by stairs.

Sights you can see from the top of The Tower

Panorama view from the tower
Panorama view from the tower

The tower has a great panoramic view and can be seen many sights from the top of the tower such as Golden Horn Bay, Galata Bridge, the new mosque, the Egyptian market in Eminönü, Sultan Ahmed (Sultanahmet) Mosque, Museum of Hagia Sophia, as well as Bosphorus Bridge.

Where is Galata Tower?

Galata Tower IstanbulThe Galata Tower is located in Istanbul, in the Galata region, close to the Karaköy area (which has a popular fish market and fish restaurants overlooking the sea). It is about 350 meters from the Şişhane metro station at the end of Istiklal Street. It is about 3.5 kilometers from the center of Taksim Square. Nearby the tower are many popular restaurants and cafés.

You can reach the tower via Taksim Square by walking through Istiklal Street or you can go by Taksim’s Tram and then descend at the end of Istiklal Street and continue walking down to the Tower area.

Also you reach under the tower from Eminönü and Karaköy area, by crossing Galata bridge, its about 15-25 minutes by walking.

Do not worry, walking cannot be boring in that charming area.

Galata Tower, Bereketzade Mh., Galata Kulesi, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey,+90 212 244 7736

  • The price of the entrance ticket is 25 Turkish Liras at the counter.
  • The tower is open every day from 09:00am until 08:30pm, but the Open Days & Hours may change by Official & Public Holidays
  • Visiting early in the morning is advised to avoid long entrance lines.