Seen from a distance you might think that it’s just a tower, a little tower at that. Located 35 meters above sea level with its nine floors, the tower is 67 metres high. Built in 1348 It was destroyed, rebuilt, restored, decorated with a dome and here it stands a magnificent vantage point across the city and Bosphorus. There are thousands of stories about the tower. The legend goes that a man named Hezarfen Ahmed Çelebi built himself golden eagle wings and sprang from the tower, gliding all the way to Üsküdar on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. According to the legend his brother did the trip in reverse in a rocket filled with gunpowder. Eminent university researchers have tried to demonstrate the
impossibility of these flights but the legend lives on.
For 13 TL the Galata Tower gives you the best view of Istanbul, across the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and even Adalar islands. It is open until 8 / 8.30 pm. Do not hesitate to inquire about the time of sunset as this is the best place to watch a wildly romantic view of a city ablaze with colours. The prayers rising in the sunset will bring shivers to your spine and make the evening unforgettable.
How to get there : The easiest way is to get off the tram Karaköy (blue line) and walk along the streets and stairs, follow the crowd and you will get there.