If you visited had a chance to rent a property in Istanbul before you must have visited the Independence street ( Istiklal street ) and if you haven’t visited it so we recommend you to visit it because it is the most beautiful popular touristic place in Istanbul and in Turkey.
The Basic Information:
Address: The European side, bay Oglu town, Taksim.
Time of visit: From 10 am until late night, it is prefered for families and children to back home before 1 am.
Off days: Non
Transportations: from the town of ”Sultan Ahmed ” taking the tram numbered T1 in the same road of Kabtas, and stop in the ” Karkoy ” station, and up to the Tunel or going along to the end of the station and up to the tunel numbered F1.
Category: public yard – streets – subrubs
Tags: Entertainment, Taksim hotels – Restaurants – Tunel
Number of visits: 26907
Taksim square in Istanbul:
This street is specialized with its great history, the visitors of this place reach to 3 million visitors everyday.
The length of the street measured about 3 KM and half and extends from Taksim square till the Tunel area which connects the street with Karakoy town, passed to Bebra town, and it is a town in an area called beyoglu in the European side in Istanbul.
Taksim square is considered to be the main center for many activities and also a very important location for every tourist. It includes many stores and archeological buildings, liberties, Banks, Cinemas, Café shops, and also includes many embassies such as the embassy of the Unites states of America, The embassy of France, The embassy of Greece and The embassy of United Kingdom.
The most important things in this place is the memorial statue and the old tram, ”Cezy garden”, ” The flower passage ” and also the fish shop, ( Balik Pazari ).
The place in a historical view:
During the Ottoman empire this street was called ” The big street ” and it included a lot of cultured people in this street during that time, and after the Republic of Turkey has been declared in October 29 in 1923 its name has changed to become ( The Independence Street ) as a memorial place for the victorious of the Turkish independence war.
The name of ” Taksim square ” back to ” Sultan Mahmoud the first ” where the main sources of the water to spread to the whole city.
Hotels in Taksim square:
Taksim square included the old tram way which is still working until now and it has been there since the Ottoman empire and the street of the tram way is only a traffic way which it doesn’t include any private cars, The place also includes many different 5 stars hotels and also the small hotels.
One of the most popular hotel in that place is ”Santa Ottoman Hotel” which is located 300 meter from Taksim square and Metro station, Also a hotel called ”Lush Hotel Taksim” and ”Innpera Hotel” which is located 50 meters from the square where you can also visit many real estate offices and agencies if you want to invest and buy real estate in Turkey.
Another hotel called ” Triada Hotel Taksim ” is so near from the square and it is specialized by its decorated rooms with the Turkish style, the hotel offers breakfast with the tradition Turkish dishes with open Bufe. The hotel is amazing for the non-smokers because smoking in this place is totally forbidden, the hotel offers free transportation to Ataturk Airport in case of wanting.
Moreover the popular 5 stars hotel ” Marmara ” which is located in front of Taksim Square.
The Memorial ( The monument of the republic Turkey )
The popular artist ”Petro” has carved a statu in 1928 as a memorial statu for Ataturk for the victorious of the Turkish independence war, many other status has carved for the most important characters who had very important roles in the political side since the time of Ataturk.
Some events are celebrated beside this monument such as the memorial of death anniversary of Ataturk and the anniversary of the independence war of the republic Turkey, and many more others, The aspects of those events are very interesting when military parade takes its place during those events, a very strong buzzer happens at 8 am for one minute as a minute of silence for his death.
Shopping center in Istiklal street:
It is located in Istiklal street and it includes 5 floors with 3 floors underground, it includes stores for electronics, restaurants and café shops and Cinemas, this shopping mall is considered to be the most popular and newest shopping malls, Although it is a small in measure but it includes many stores and it offers many discounts.
For more information about this Shopping mall you can visit its official website:
The old tram way:
It is located in the Istklal street since 1875 and has re-worked since 1990 to give a historical environment in the city, The tram takes you from Taksim square passing to the Istklal street, and to the old tunnel in an area called ”Galata” and from there you can reach to the ”Galata Tower ” one of the most popular and historical place in Istanbul.
Activities in Istklal street:
This street is considered to be a culture for many arts with a high class entertainment places, it is also including the ”Ataturk culture center” and it is a big culture center with many activities and opera house and the memorial monument in the middle of this square is one of the most popular and historical memorial.
Also includes many stores such as book stores, show halls, cinemas, theaters, liberties and it is also a public place for many festivals and events, and even demonstrates.
Also includes many café shops and the most popular sweet stores, restaurants for fast foods and traditional Turkish food such as the Turkish Shawrma, and some local and western drinks, those stores are opened from 10 am to 10 pm.
The street is also including many stores for clothes, leathers and makeup stores, Some prices in this area could be a little high than the other places, so we recommend you first look in the other places.
There are many popular restaurants in Istklal street such as Portapera, Pehlivan, Berkat, Hagi pastry which is the oldest pastry store in the city andthere are no any other branchs for Hagi pastry Only in this area. This pastry store specialized by its ”Lokum” which is the Turkish delight with only 40 Turklish Lira for 1 KG.
In this area there are many offices for changing currencies (Doviz) with a little difference in prices from one to another .
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