Views from the Galata Tower

The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi in Turkish) is one of few landmarks in central Istanbul that has an observation deck. It is situated in the Karaköy neighbourhood (formerly Galata) to the North of the Golden Horn and Sultanahmet, near the southern end of Istiklal Caddesi. The Galata Tower is a historic medieval landmark.
From the top you can see all parts of central Istanbul, it offers 360 degree views. There is also a restaurant, a café and a night club on the top.

It was built as Christea Turris (the Tower of Christ in Latin) by the Genoese. There was another tower before, but the current tower was completed in 1348. It is 67m tall and formed as a coned cylinder.



The Galata Tower is more then 750 years old! It was the tallest building in the city, then in a Genoese colony in Constantineopel, when completed.



The square beneath the tower

Inside the Galata Tower

The restaurant on the tower's top Decoration of ancient Istanbul skyline in
the tower
Galata Tower elevator buttons


The square beneath the tower  

Sisli skyline

Skyline of several neighbourhoods Karaköy neighbourhood and skyline Karaköy neighbourhood
Rooftop restaurant in Galata The Golden Horn Galata Bridge and Sultanahmet
Hagia Sophia The Golden Horn Golden Horn and Beyazit
New bridge u/c across Golden Horn The Suleiymaniye Mosque Karaköy pedestrians
Karaköy, Galata, Golden Horn, Sultanahmet, Galata Bridge and Eminönü  


Fog over the Bosphorus!  

Topkapi Palace and fog
Kabatas harbour and Topkapi

Fog above mosques at Karaköy and Tophane. Asian side in the background  

Different weathers in the same city!
Asian side behind the fog

Karaköy rooftops Rooftop café in Karaköy Galata Bridge and Sultanahmet
The highrises at Taksim Square, to the top right  

Strange mirror effects in the glass of the Galata Tower!