A Genoese in Istanbul…
The Galata Tower is a special place as it reminds us of the many civilizations that helped our city become the unique place that it is today. The tower is one of the oldest in the world: there was first a wooden tower here built by the Byzantine in the 500s. After the Genoese occupation of this neighborhood; a stone tower was built in 1340s.
For a long time, the Galata Tower was the highest point in the city and of course that is not so today. However, it still offers a fabulous 360-view of the city and a relaxing break from all the hustle and bustle of the side streets.
We recommend you get there slightly before the prayer calls, especially the evening prayer so you can watch the sunset. Don’t forget to stroll through the neighborhood that has recently become “Soho of Istanbul” with all the art galleries, designer and vintage clothing shops and cute, little cafés.
Don’t miss the SoUL Galata Walk to hear the fascinating story of Hezarfen and see more in this neighborhood.
Open daily from 9am to 7pm.