Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Galata Tower

The Galata Tower in Istanbul was built in 1348. It is a stone structure and is 219 feet high, with an observation deck and restaurant on top. One can get a beautiful panoramic view of old Istanbul, the Bosphorous and the Golden Horn from the observation deck.

To reach the Galata Tower, we first took a train from the main downtown area (which was about a 10-15 minute walk from our hotel) to the Eminonu station.

Then we walked through the underground market and across the Galata Bridge. There was a lot of activity there. Fishermen lined the bridge and there was a constant stream of boats and ships going by.

Some of us were a lot colder than the others! After crossing the bridge, it was steep hike up to the tower.

Amma decided to sit in a nice coffee shop at the base and wait for us. We had to rest a couple of times on the way up.

But once we reached the top of the tower, the view was certainly worth the climb!

We browsed through the gift shop of the Galata Tower before leaving the place.

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