North of the Golden Horn towards Taksim, the Galata Tower is one of the city’s most striking landmarks, it dominates Beyoğlu’s skyline and offers the best panoramic views of the city.
During the Byzantine Empire, the 205-foot-tall stone tower was built in the mid-14th century by the Genoese as part of fortification. The tower was the highpoint in the city walls of the Genoese colony Galata.
The tower has had many uses over the centuries since it’s inception including a fire tower, astrology observatory, prison, a launch pad to test human-powered sight and today, a restaurant.
We didn’t go up, but you can pay to visit the top and take in a 360 degree view of the city.