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Taksim Squre, entrance to Istiklal Street
The Monument to the Republic dominates Taksim Square, but on the days we were there it was roped off and guarded by police. You could see and photograph, but only from oustide the small circular garden that surrounds it. The monument honors the Turkish republic formed by Ataturk in 1923. There is an excellent piece on Ataturk at :
I think every country could wish for a leader such as Ataturk.
Taksim square is also the entrance to the most visited shopping and entertainment area in Istanbul, Istiklal Street. You will also find the beginning of the antique tram ride here which carries you the full lenght of the street. You can ride the Funicular up from the seaside directly into Taksim Square.
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This vast open square is regarded as the heart of modern Istanbul. There is a small park attached to it & in the southwest of the square is the 1928 Monument of Independence. Apart from those there was little else to see, the square is a transport hub with lots of traffic.
The Independence Monument
If you are happen to be in Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul Turkey go and see the Independence Monument. It is located in the southern end of Taksim Square in Beyoglu district. It commemorates the Turkish hero Kemal Ataturk who was the founder of the Turkish Republic in 1923.
Public monument like this was not allowed during the Ottoman Empire who governed Turkey under the Shari’a (Islamic law). When Kemal Ataturk took over, he made Turkey a secular republic.
The monument was the work of Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica and was unveiled in 1928 five years after Turkey became a republic.
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Taksim is the modern face of Istanbul.Change has started during the Rebuplican Era.Taksim Square was the lplace of cemeteries and some trees and barracks.The square is the symbol of the young rebuplic in the 1920's.Gezi park and shops located on the TAKSIM STADIUM which was a russian style building.
Taksim Square (Taksim Meydanı) situated in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey, is a major shopping, tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops and hotels. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul, and is the location of the Cumhuriyet Anıtı (Republic Monument), which was built in 1928 and commemorates the formation of the Turkish Republic.
Taksim, from Arabic taqṣīm, means "division" or "distribution". The Taksim square was originally the point where the main water lines from the north of Istanbul were collected and branched off to other parts of the city (hence the name). This use for the area was established by Sultan Mahmud I. The square takes its name from the stone reservoir which is located in this area. Additionally, the word "Taksim" can refer to a special improvisational musical form in Turkish classical music that is guided by the Makam system
Taksim is a main transportation hub and a popular destination for both tourists and the native population of Istanbul. İstiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), a long pedestrian shopping street, ends at this square, and a nostalgic tram runs from the square along the avenue, ending near the Tünel (1875) which is the world's second-oldest subway line after London's Underground (1863). Surrounding Taksim Square are numerous travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, pubs, and international fast food chains such as Pizza Hut, McDonald's and Burger King. It is also home to some of Istanbul's grandest hotels including the InterContinental, the Ritz-Carlton and The Marmara Hotel.
Taksim is also a favourite location for public events such as parades, New Year celebrations or other social gatherings.
Atatürk Cultural Center (in Turkish, Atatürk Kültür Merkezi), a multi-purpose cultural center and opera house, is also located on Taksim Square.
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the heart of Euroasia: TAKSIM and Istiklal
well the square and the statue in it is not that attractive; but the near streets are amazing. especially the Istiklal Street is really shockingly alive for a person from a European country.
this place (along with eminonu) makes a visitor understand why Istabul is called the "living city" all the time. it is crowded -really crowded. and the buildings along the street may be considered beautiful.
the cafes on -and near- Istiklal street may be good and convinient places to rest and chat a bit.
Taksim Square, located near Besiktas, is a large gathering area with many hotels, restaurants, and bars. The square's history dates back to the late 19th century, when it had previously been used as a distribution point for water being brought into the city, then collected here in a large stone reservoir, and dispersed to various parts of Istanbul. The word "taksim" means "branching point", thus how the square got it's name. After the Turkish Republic was founded by Atatürk in 1923, a huge memorial to the Republic was constructed here. It now hosts many parades and state celebrations throughout the year, and it's location at the end of the frequented Istiklal Caddesi, a famous avenue in Istanbul known for it's great shopping, dining, and nightlife, makes Taksim Square a popular area to visit for both locals and visitors alike.
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Taksim Square Area
Taksim area is the city center, the very touristy area, Noisy roads, CROWDED streets,
Shops shops shops, Cafe's, Restaurants (very touristy ones) but also many old beautiful buildings ! However ... still. it wasn't for me.
When i first arrived there i felt like "what am i doing here ?" and no, im not a country girl, im a very much city girl, but i think i came with some expectations, i wanted to have some quiet and i wasn't ready for that feeling in Taksim.
One thing was sure, i was SOOOOO happy for booking a hotel room in SultanAhmet.
So if to say it in a few words, Its a good area to shop and enjoy at night but i wouldn't pick a hotel there, However as we know already, its all a matter of personal taste :-)
Stay away from the roasted oysters!
Taksim Square is many things to many people. For tourists, it is the main place to party. Most of Istanbul's top bars and clubs are located in this area. There are also many shops and restaurants. If you are looking a late night meal, this is the place to go. Just stay away from the street vendors selling roasted oysters!
This is also the place where many protests have taken place. In November of 2003, this was the sight of an al Qaeda terrorist attack. The police guard this area well, with many heavily armed officers patrolling the cobble stone streets. Watch your wallet in this area as there are more than a few pickpockets wandering about.
Taksim sqaure is considered to be the heart of Istanbul
almost the heart of the downtown.
Taksim is located at the starting of Istiklal St. which is the most famous street and full or tourists.
Its a really crowded street full of shops,bars and resturants!
Discos are everywhere and drunken people are everywhere too.!
I enjoyed walking in Istiklal street and Taksim square very much as I went there 7 times on the 7 days.!
it was like our target everyday so we should visit everyday.!
from Taksim you can go everywhere you want by bus or metro.!
Hotel Marmara is located in Taksim area if you want to stay in its a cool one!.
Just warning be aware of gays/transexuals who are walking everywhere in this square!.
dont give them any attention as they are really disgusting when they act like women to get some money!
The picture for me and Suat a lovely turksih VT member (xsxsxsxs) who I met in a VT meeting in Istanbul.!
Taksim square is the middle of the european side.
Many beautiful hotels in the area , Istiklal street - one of the most famous streets in Istanbul , a lot of shops , a lot of people.
In the middle of the squareyou can see a monument for the memory Mustafa kamal Ataturk (the founder of the current Turkey).
Very close to the square there is a nice coffeshop called taksim moda and Marmara hotel with the beautiful panoramic view.
When you see this monument you will know that you have reached modern, bustling Taksim Square. This is the heart of the trendy district, with all sorts of shops, cafes, and full of excitement day and night. It is an area of the city that should not be missed.
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Stroll and watch!
The Taksim area is always busy - the perfect place to watch people. The main street (I never recall the name) is the one where the tram goes. It's a nicely pedestrianized, 2km passageway, full of all kinds of shops and restaurants.
This big square is the centre of the modern part of Istanbul, where most of the 5 stars hotels are located and most of the “western” shops, bars and restaurants. Is a lively bustling square, full of life everyday, day and night
Our hotel is situated in Taksim. Within a few minutes, we reached the large square which is called TAKSIM SQUARE, one of the most active centers of Istanbul. The square derives its name from the 1733 building in which water distribution for different districts of Istanbul is administered.
At the center of Taksim Square is the 12 m high Republic Monument (see intro pix) designed by the Italian architect Pietro Canonica. The base & ground of the monument are built from green & red Italian marbles. It symbolizes the Independence War & the foundation of the Republic.
Other interesting buildings around this square are Ataturk Cultural Center, the 5* Marmara Hotel, a park called Taksim Trip & St. Trias Church (built in 1880). The Military Museum, purported to be one of the best museums in Istanbul is also around the corner. The 1959 museum displays weapons, helmets, flags, tents, uniforms & armors used by the Turkish army since 12th century till the Korean War.
Taksim Square is also a shopper's paradise. In fact, I bought 2 CDs by Tarkan from here :-)
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Although not a beautiful square, it's probably Istanbul's busiest! All of Istanbul's expensive hotels collide with restaurants, taxi's and hundreds of people.
Behind the square (northeast I believe) is the Galatsaray Football stadium.
This is also the place to take mini-buses to places in outer Istanbul or beyond.
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