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Taksim Square

Taksim Square (Turkey)

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5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
1 minutes from Istiklal Caddesi on foot
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Taksim Square

Timothée D. Travel writer
285 travel articles

An emblematic square in the Istanbul neighborhood of Beyoglu, Taksim is the incarnation of modernity in Istanbul.

My suggestion:
There have been lots of demonstrations there since 2013 and the police are always very repressive so be careful.
Summary:
Taksim is Istanbul's modern center and one of the most prominent places of this big Turkish city, so much so that the name seems to have spread to cover the surrounding neighborhood. Taksim has an atmosphere that is totally different to other areas of the city and is visited by locals as much as by tourists. There's no doubt that it's the most western neighborhood in the city, and where you will find most of the bars, and night clubs, and the biggest shopping streets, like the emblematic Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue).
Taksim Square in Istanbul
Clemence Zisswiller Travel writer
33 travel articles

Taksim is located in the Beyoğlu District of Istanbul's European side and has been the site of numerous protests.

My suggestion:
Easy to reach by bus or metro, you normally end up having to go to the famous square in order to get to İstiklal Avenue. You can't fail to miss it!
Summary:

Having made headlines in Spring 2013 when protests taking place here descended into rioting, the very name Taksim Square seems to conjure up ideas of rebellion and civil unrest.In reality, however, it is actually a large, peaceful square bordered by a particularly green park. Nevertheless, the presence of the odd police van here and there is evidence that there are tensions in the area, and this was already the case long before the events of the Turkish Spring.

One thing you can't miss here is the Monument of the Republic, which was erected in 1928 to commemorate the formation of the Turkish Republic. It actually consists of a group of impressive, imposing statues. At its side stand numerous flower stalls. Taksim Square is also the point of departure for the Red Tram, which runs along İstiklal Avenue and terminates at Tünel. It therefore makes sense to visit these two places together.

Though the name Taksim originally referred to just the square itself, its meaning has now expanded to include additional areas located in the Beyoğlu district immediately around it. It's basically a collection of shopping streets with restaurants, cafés, hotels and bars along them. This area of Istanbul feels just like Europe to me! A very popular place with both Turkish people and foreign visitors due to its explosive energy and vibrancy , you'll enjoy coming here and experiencing the excitement for yourself when you visit Turkey.

Cumhuriyet Aniti, Taksim Square
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