- Encounters with locals
- Place or Historical Monument
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.