Galata Tower Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry with Audio Guide

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Galata Tower: Admission Ticket with an Audio Guide

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See Istanbul from the Windows of History!

Galata Tower Museum is one of the must-do attractions and the most famous landmarks in Istanbul. Enjoy this historical monument with a specially crafted audio guide prepared by Istanbul Tourist Pass®. Learn all about the history and hidden stories behind it!  Pre-book your tickets now and get your instant digital QR ticket when you get to the Tower!

About The Galata Tower Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry with Audio Guide

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Duration - Unlimited free time in Galata Tower

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A panoramic Istanbul view from the most famous building in Istanbul

It is close to other attractions like Madame Tussauds Museum and the Museum of Illusions.

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Enjoy discovering the amazing Galata Tower at your own pace while listening to the specially prepared audio guide.


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About Galata Tower Tickets

As one of the tallest buildings of its time, the famous Hezarfen Ahmed Çelebi used the tower’s roof as the take-off point of his flight between continents. The Galata Tower enables the people on top to have a 360-degree panorama of Istanbul. It is one of the symbols of the city, and one of the things that make it so great is that it is quite accessible and close to the other places that you may want to visit during a grand Istanbul tour. But you are always welcome to just be mesmerized by the panoramic Istanbul view or the historical artifacts that recount the story of Istanbul from very early on in Galata Museum Istanbul. Also, you may catch an amazing Galata Tower light show in the evenings, take photos, and share with us via Instagram from @istanbultouristpass!

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Taking the great city of Istanbul with ease is possible in the Galata Tower with Istanbul Tourist Pass®. With Istanbul Tourist Pass®, you get a discounted ticket and no waiting queue advantages! Istanbul Tourist Pass’ advantages are countless, so make sure that you are benefiting from those while you are up the skies in the Galata Tower. Use the Galata Tower elevator if you need to or take the stairs. In addition to the panoramic view you get, once you are up there in the Galata Tower, you can also look down on the social activities of the people of Beyoğlu, whether they are citizens or tourists.

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Galata Tower Istanbul presents you with a scene of the historical texture of an old city as well as the modern people looking for entertainment. Have yourself a relaxing time to contemplate your trip when you are on the rooftop, and decide on what you will choose to do next upon evaluating the offerings of Istanbul.  Enjoy this historical monument with a specially crafted audio guide prepared by Istanbul Tourist Pass®. Learn all about the history and hidden stories behind it! 

What to Do at Galata Tower?

When you reach the top of the Galata Tower Istanbul, you will get a view that encompasses the whole city. It is one of the symbols of the city, and one of the things that makes it so amazing is that it is relatively accessible and close to the other attractions that you may want to visit during a grand tour of Istanbul. This location is also one of the reasons why it is one of the icons of the city. You are, however, free to spend as much time as you like simply gazing at the breathtaking panorama of Istanbul or perusing the ancient relics that detail the history of Istanbul from its earliest days. Be a part of Galata Tower's history and enjoy a view from Galata Tower.

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Hours & Meeting

Summer Period Hours (Between 1 April - 1 November)

Opening time: 08:30

Closing time: 23:00

Winter Period Hours (1 November - 1 April)

Opening time: 08:30

Closing time: 22:00

How To Get There?

Galata Tower Address: Bereketzade Fountain, Bereketzade, Galata Kulesi No:1, 34421 Beyoğlu/ Istanbul

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Important Information

This is not a guided tour. Enjoy discovering Galata Tower at your own pace by listening to the specially curated Audio Guide.

The QR tickets are only shown when you are in close proximity to the entrance of Galata Tower. 

You need an Internet connection on your smartphone to get your QR tickets. For unlimited internet access get your mobile hotspot device with a discount here. 

Children will be asked to present their valid passports at the entrance of the museums in order to validate their age. Children under 5 can enter the museum for free. 

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All About Galata Tower Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry with Audio Guide

Galata Tower, regarded as one of the oldest towers in the world and one of Istanbul's emblems, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List in 2013. One of the most significant buildings that make up Istanbul's silhouette, Galata Tower, was also known as Galata Fire Tower since it served as a long-term fire watchtower.

History of the Galata Tower

The original Galata Tower was erected in 507–508 AD by the Byzantine Emperor Justinianos. On the north side of Istanbul's Golden Horn, in the Galata citadel, stood the historic Tower of Galata, also known as "Megalos Pyrgos," or Great Tower. The tower served as the great chain's northern terminus at that time, and it was extended across the mouth of the Golden Horn to stop hostile ships from entering the harbor.A mechanism for lifting and lowering the chain was built within the tower. Contrast this tower with the current Galata Tower, which is still standing and situated at the highest and northernmost point of the Galatian fortress.

In 1348–1349, the Genoese rebuilt the existing tower. The majority of the walls and the first tower were demolished by the Byzantines when the Genoans conquered Galata in the 1300s. In the end, they rebuilt every bastion and wall. They also laid the groundwork for the current tower and rebuilt the Galata Tower, which was at the top of the walls. As a result of a cross on its cone, the tower was given the name "Christea Turris" (Tower of Christ), and over time it came to represent this small Latin civilization.

By presenting the key to Fatih Sultan Mehmet on the morning of May 29, 1453, the Ottomans were given control of the Galata Tower following the capture of Istanbul. The handover of Galata was finished on Friday, June 1, according to the inscription carved into the marble at the entrance, which reads: "On the morning of Tuesday, May 29, 1453, the Genoese gave the keys of the Galata colony to Fatih Sultan Mehmed." Between the years 1445 and 46, the tower was raised. Architect Murad bin Hayreddin restored it after an earthquake in the 1500s damaged it. III. A bay window is later placed on the tower's upper story after repairs are made during the Selim era.

II. Mahmut rises two more levels above the tower and the top of the tower is covered with the well-known cone-shaped roof cover after the tower suffered another fire in 1831. The structure was renovated in 1967 and then in 2020. 

The Architecture of Galata Tower

The crumbled stone construction method was used to construct Galata Tower Turkey. Stone mesh covers the outside. The 16-line lyrical inscription, which is positioned above the entryway, describes how Sultan Mahmud II had the tower rebuilt after it was damaged by fire. Between the two crescent and star patterns, Sultan Mahmud II's tughra is scraped.

The round, arched window above the door served as the troops' observation point. After the high ground floor, the building has nine floors. The cylindrical body's windows are circular arches made of bricks. The contoured moldings that encircle the cylindrical body draw attention to the development of the final two floors that are immediately below the cone roof. Under the cone-shaped roof, there is an observation deck with a metal-decorated network encircling the floor. Round arches supported by large niche piers and windows with round arches made of brick may be found on the lower floor.

Today, it is noted that the building's third floor and above have a Genoese character, while the floors below have an Ottoman character. The structure was renovated into a museum with exhibition spaces by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2020, and it will be accessible to visitors on October 6, 2020, which is Istanbul's Independence Day. If you are asking about Galata Tower how many steps, here is the answer: There are 211 steps in Galata Tower Istanbul.

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Why is Galata Tower Famous?

The Galata Tower is without a doubt the oldest and most recognizable of Istanbul's many towers. The tower is tall, cylindrical, and has a cone-shaped top. It has nine stories, making it the highest building in the city at the time it was erected.

Is it worth going up the Galata tower?

Yes, the Galata Tower itself can be seen in some of the city's magnificent vistas of Istanbul, and it is still the ideal point to get sweeping views of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.

Is Galata Tower in Asia or Europe?

Galata Tower is on the European Side of Istanbul. Specifically, it is in the Beyoglu District as the Taksim Square.

Where is Galata Tower located?

Galata Tower is located on the European Side of Istanbul. The neighborhood of the Tower took its name from the Tower itself, it is called 'Galata'.

Is Galata Tower open at night?

Galata Tower is open up to 11 PM between April to November. In the winter, it is open till 10 PM. So it is possible to experience the Tower after the sun.

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