Taksim at last. I don't know...
Taksim at last. I don't know how to explain the place. I think when I called the city mosaic I mostly meant this place. You can see anything here, and it shouldn't suprise you, because for everybody it's something they get used to. A place full of bars, restaurants, churchs, mosques, book stores and many more stuff... This place is absolutely a 'must see'... Oh... and how can I forget the nostalgic tramway that you'll see in the picture.
Offering Drinks to guests.
When you are in Istanbul or somewhere in Turkey, you will see many times you will be ofered something to drink such as tea, Turkish coffee or apple tea.. This comes from the hospitality of the Turks, you will not be asked to pay for them or you will not be asked to buy anything as you have been offered something.
Enjoy your drink..
If you're a football fan, and even if you're not, try a visit to one of the big Istanbul clubs if you happen to be there during the season. Galatasaray and Besiktas play very close to central Istanbul. It's a worthwhile trip, just for the atmosphere!! Just be careful! A helmet and a bullet proof vest. Just kidding!! Even though it's not as dangerous as a lot of people might think, it pays to be careful. Don't carry stuff you don't absolutely need, get there early, and either leave early or after the rush.
Kilik Ali Pasa Mosque
The Kilic Ali Pasha Complex is a group of buildings designed and built between 1580 and 1587 by Mimar Sinan, who at the time was in his 90s.
It is located in the Tophane neighbourhood of the Beyoglu district
The Turkish politician and researcher Rasih Nuri Ýleri claimed during his examination of the complex's foundation documents that Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes was a forced worker at the construction of the complex during his enslavement, like the Captive character in his novel Don Quixote.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 2' 19.58" N 28° 59' 48.34" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque .
Dining, Nightlife, & Shopping!
Istiklal Caddesi is one of the most popular streets in all of Istanbul, known for it's many stores & shops, restaurants, and nightlife spots. The area around Istiklal Caddesi is commonly referred to as "Taksim" by locals, due to it's proximity to Taksim Square. The avenue itself is closed to vehicles, and you can easily see why when you pass down it, as there are thousands of people throughout much of the day and night here walking the street. During the 19th century, the avenue was named "Caddesi Kebir", or "Grand Avenue", and the area was popular amongst foreigners as well as an area more "westernized" than many other parts of Istanbul. After the formation of the Turkish Republic in the 1920's, it's name was changed to "Istiklal", or "Independence". Along with it's noted shopping, dining, and nightlife, it is also a great place to relax on a bench and do some people watching, or take a ride on the nostalgic 19th century tram that runs down the avenue.