Taksim, one of the districts of Beyoğlu district, is the most crowded and lively environment of Istanbul. Crowded streets, popular restaurants and cafes, shopping malls, tourist attractions, live entertainment, and nightlife attract many local and foreign tourists. With all these features, Taksim is one of the places to visit in Istanbul.
Taksim Square, known for Taksim Republic Monument, Gezi Park, Atatürk Cultural Center, Atatürk Library, Hüseyin Ağa Mosque and famous İstiklal Street, is one of the most popular squares in Istanbul.
A warehouse was built to distribute water to the surrounding districts in order to meet the water needs of the city. A small structure was built to distribute that water, that is, to divide it. The name of the square comes from the name of Taksim, where the water of Galata – Beyoğlu was “divided”, that is, distributed.
Located in the middle of the square, the Republic Monument and its surroundings are used as the place where ceremonies are held today.
Cihangir ve Çukurcuma
The district, which takes its name from Cihangir, the son of Suleiman the Magnificent, is one of the favorite living areas of Istanbul.
You can hear French voices on the street while traveling in Cihangir, where foreigners are the majority in Istanbul. Sıraselviler Caddesi, one of the busiest streets of Cihangir, connects Taksim Square to Tophane.
When you walk westward from Firuz Ağa Mosque, you reach Çukurcuma. It is believed that the name of Fatih Sultan Mehmed took the first Friday prayer here after the conquest.
Istiklal Street, which is the most visited street in Istanbul and tourists, is a colorful street closed to vehicle traffic and offers 24 hours of entertainment and life with its cafes, bars, restaurants, art centers, cinemas, shopping centers, and historical texture.
Along the Istiklal street, you can visit popular sites such as the famous Madame Tussauds Museum, Huseyin Aga Mosque, Sent Antuan Catholic Church, Pera Museum, Flower Passage and French Street. You can also visit Asmalimescit for dinner, drinking and entertainment.
To reach the tunnel, you have to walk along the street or take the tram from Istiklal Street. The most enjoyable is to take the funicular next to the Karaköy tram stop and get off at Tünel Square, the only stop of this old subway. The Tunnel, which was modernized in 2008, was built between 1871-1874 by the French Eugene Henri Gavand and started to operate in 1875. Detailed information about the history of Tunnel, the third oldest subway system in the world after London and New York, is available in the newspaper hanging at the Karaköy station.
İstiklal Caddesi’nin sonundaki tramvay hattının devamında, uzun bir baca göreceksiniz. 1874’ten 1970 tarihine kadar füniküler buhar gücü üreten jeneratörler kullanılarak işletilmiş, bu baca da o dönemin kanıtı.
The 69.9-meter high tower, which you can see from many points of Istanbul and enjoy the 360-degree view of Istanbul, is used as a restaurant today. To reach the Galata Tower, you need to take the funicular from Karaköy Tunnel and get off at the last stop, then turn right and then right again.