Galata to me has a very European feel to it. It’s in the architecture and in the cobblestone streets as well in its cafes. Unlike other districts of Istanbul, Galata has worked hard to preserve its historic buildings. Most people come to Galata to visit one of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks – the Galata Tower, built in the 14th century. About 9 stories high, from the top, you can take in Istanbul’s captivating beauty with panoramic views of the Golden Horn, the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus. Close by Galata Tower is the Ashkenazi Synagogue.
Yüksek Kaldırım Cad. (the steep street leading up from the Galata Tower) is famous for its music shops selling various types of instruments. The street changes to Galip Dede Cd. and if you follow this street all the way up you will get to the Galata Mevlevihanesi – a Sufi lodge of the Mevlevi order, named after the poet and religious figure Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi. It’s now a museum dedicated to the arts, rituals and teachings of the Sufi order. Whirling dervish ceremonies are held for the public every Sunday.