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    Taksim Square, Istanbul, TR
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    Taksim Square, Istanbul, TR
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    Taksim Square, Istanbul, TR
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    Stay away from the roasted oysters!

    by midnight_mike Written Jul 20, 2006

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    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.

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    The Independence Monument

    by fachd Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    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 Meydani

    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    The Republic Monument in Taksim Square

    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 & ISTIKLAL CADDESI

    by balhannah Written Aug 2, 2009

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    THE EXTREMELY BUSY ISTIKLAL  CADDESI
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    I arrived at this square at the large busy Bus Station.
    From what I could see, there wasn' a lot here, other than the Independence Monument (1928)which commemorates the Turkish Republic's founder, Kemal Ataturk, in both his roles, as military commander-in-chief and as statesman and other heroes.

    There is a garden and Roundabout for the nostalgic Tram to head back to Tunel Square. The Old Tram rattles and rolls its way the whole 1.5kms of Istiklal Caddesi, amongst hundreds of people. It stops halfway at Galatasaray Square, easily recognizable by the gates to Galatasaray High School.

    Istiklal pedestrian street has many bars, night clubs and movie theatre, Boutiques, Cafes, Restaurants, Galleries and more for all your shopping needs.
    As well as all this, there are some nice Churches, Fish Bazaar, Museums, Turkish Bath and the Galata Tower nearby.

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    Taksim Tram - Colourful & Crowded

    by Mikebb Updated Feb 27, 2012

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    Istikal Caddesi the 3km walking street at Taksim can get very crowded and some people may find the walk exhausting. If you arrive via the Taksim Tunel you are best to walk Isikal Caddesi downhill from the tunel for the 3km or whatever shorter distance you decide.

    My suggestion is to take the tram(historical light rail) back up to the tunel, it will save you a long walk especially if you are carrying a load of shopping.

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    Indipendence Monument

    by traveloturc Updated Jun 5, 2013

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    indipendent monument

    The Independence Monument (Istiklal Aniti) in the circle at the southern end of the square commemorates the Turkish Republic's founder, Kemal Atatürk, in both his roles, as military commander-in-chief and as statesman.
    The open space to the north was once a reservoir. Facing the square at its northern end is the Atatürk Cultural Center.At the back famous revolution area of Gezi Parc ...

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    Taksim Square

    by pabertra Updated Oct 29, 2004

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    Taksim Square

    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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    eventually

    by iaint Updated Jan 30, 2010

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    sorry about police barrier in foreground...

    It was my 3rd visit to the city before I made it to Taksim (unless you count a "drive by" on the way to dinner one time).

    It's a hub, and the independence monument is about all there is apart from traffic and a bus station!

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    Taksim Square Area

    by Sharon Updated Nov 10, 2006

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    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 :-)

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    Taksim Square

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 2, 2010

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    Taksim Square is located in the European part of Istanbul and is a major shopping and hotel district. The 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 (Taksim means division in Arabic). 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. Today, it's home to fast food chains such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds and Burger King plus some of Istanbul's grandest hotels including the InterContinental, the Ritz-Carlton and The Marmara Hotel.

    Taksim Square is an important hub for public transport in Istanbul. In addition to serving as the main transfer point for the municipal bus system, it is also the terminus of the Levent-Taksim subway line of the Istanbul Metro plus the Istiklal Avenue-Tünel nostalgic tram line also starts in here. In 2006, a new funicular line connecting the Taksim Metro station with the Kabatas tramway station and seaport was opened, allowing riders to ascend to Taksim in just 110 seconds.

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    Taksim square

    by ophiro Written Jul 28, 2005

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    Taksim square

    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.

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    the heart of Euroasia: TAKSIM and Istiklal

    by smeagol13 Updated Apr 17, 2007

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    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.

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    Independence monument

    by Raimix Updated Feb 7, 2012

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    Independence monument symbolizes former Turkish president Kemal Ataturk, his companions, also the depictions of Turkish independence war and Turkish soldiers with flags.

    Momunent was built in 1928 by Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica. At the moment it is the main object at Taxim square, always full of people. The Taxim square is the final stop of old tram, running all Istiklal street and suitable more for tourism attraction than for transportation.

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    Taksim Squre, entrance to Istiklal Street

    by Martin_S. Updated Jan 14, 2009

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    Republic Monument, Taksim Square, Istanbul

    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 :
    http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/details/History/TurkishRepublic.html
    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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    TAKSIM SQUARE/TAKSIM MEYDANI

    by mtncorg Written Nov 15, 2011

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    Taksim Square and the Monument of the Republic
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    Tourists might think the former Hippodrome areas west of the Blue Mosque are at the center of the city, but they would be wrong for it is here at Taksim Square the heart of modern Istanbul beats from. This is a main hub in the public transportation network for the city. Some of the best hotels are found here as is the Atatürk Cultural Center. Public events, parades, demonstrations … they all take place in Taksim.

    The name refers to the stone reservoir that used to be here from which water lines for the Istanbul districts on the north side of the Golden Horn used to emanate – ‘Taksim’ is an Arabic word meaning ‘division’ or ‘distribution’.

    In the center of the square is the Monument of the Republic/Cumhuriyet Anýtý commemorating the 1923 formation of the Turkish Republic. On one side of the monument is Atatürk as a general while on the other side his is portrayed as a statesman.

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