Galata Tower Istanbul

Galata Tower, Galata Beyoglu Istanbul

Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower built by the Genoese trade colony representing Republic of Genoa in Italy. Geonese colony was settled in 1273 under the reign of Byzance until the conquest of Istanbul in 1453. The tower was built in 1348. During the Ottoman period the tower was used as an observation tower to spot fires in the city.

It is said that Hazerfan Ahmet Celebi flew from Galata Tower to Uskudar across the Bosphorus using wings attached to his body, he himself constructed.

Located in the Galata area of Beyoglu district, Galata tower is one the best vista points in Istanbul with wonderful views of Istanbul including the Golden Horn. In tourist season there is a small queue, but off season there is little wait.


Walk up to Galata Tower starting at sea level Karakoy (Yuksek Kaldirim) or walk down from Tunel (Galip dede street, practicaly it is the same street as Yuksek Kaldirim, different names depending on where you start). Tunel is also the end of Istiklal street coming from the direction of Taksim.