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Ever Upward

When the 70-meter high Galata Tower was constructed in 1348, it became the tallest building in ancient Constantinople. Called the Christea Turris, or tower of Christ, by the Genoans and the Megalos Pyrgos by the Byzantines, the elegant tower is one of the most recognizable structures in the Istanbul area.

Legend has it that one seminal aviator built artificial wings and used them to soar from Galata Tower to the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus in 1638. Galata Tower has been damaged and restored several times over its long history.

Find a charming restaurant and cafe on the top floors of Galata Tower. All but the top two floors are accessible by elevator; the uppermost floors are accessed by a rather challenging staircase.

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