Possibly the most recognizable structure in Istanbul's skyline, Galata Tower was originally constructed in 1384 by a community of Italian immigrants, largely from the city of Genoa. The tower was originally built as a defensive structure, but has since been designated as a historical site. It's a big tourist destination because of the incredible panoramic views from the top, which you can enjoy over a traditional Turkish meal at the restaurant within. The restaurant also offers entertainment in the form of live music, sometimes accompanied by belly dancing. The tower is near the Karaköy stop of the tiny subway called the Tünel.
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