The medieval Galata Tower adds a fairytale element to the hilly Beyoğlu district, on the north side of the Golden Horn. Capped with a conical tiled steeple and gold finial, the 67 meter (220 foot) stone tower was built by the Genoese in 1348.  ... 

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4 star rating: Recommended
September 2010

Walking around the top of the Galata Tower is a great way to get your bearings in Istanbul. The 360 degree views helped me to figure out how the city with its Golden Horn, Bosphorous River and mosques are pieced together. Some say you can get the same picture more cheaply by going to a rooftop bar, but no bar would have the same height as the tower.

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