Walking down Istikal street we got to Galata tower- a great monument of old times and it’s surrounded by a lot of restaurants and Turkish tea rooms.
It is a medieval 9 storey cylinder shaped tower offering beautiful views of Istanbul and Sea of Bosphorus.
The Galata Tower is on the other side of the city. From up there you have a stunning view of the Bosperus, a lot of sights in Sultanahmed and of course the area around the Galata tower. The entrance fee amounts to 20 TL which is a bit much in my opinion and another negative fact is that there is not much space up there and you always have to squeeze by the other people.
It is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of the city of Istanbul. It lies on the northern side of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus. Address: Bereketzade Mh., Galata Kulesi, Beyoğlu, Turkey Opened: 1348 Height: 67 m
Walking further across the Galata bridge you will see the Galata Tower. The tower was built as Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. This is is a medieval stone tower in the Galata. Built as watchtower to help protect the city especially by spotting fires, this still remains as one of the dominating structures in the city. The cone-capped cylinder dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul. The view from the top is completely breathtaking from every angle. Seeing some of the more modern structures from the top makes one realize how diverse this old city of Istanbul is.