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Istiklal Street, Istanbul

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One of the most famous streets in the city, Istiklal Street crosses several distinct districts and encompasses many sights of historical significance. Running from the medieval Genoese neighborhood surrounding Galata Tower to Taksim Square, the cosmopolitan street passes historical buildings such as the world's second-oldest subway station, Turkey's second-oldest secondary school, the flower passage, and the fish market. Many religious buildings, including mosques, synagogues, Roman Catholic churches, and a Greek Orthodox church also line the street. Stroll down the street to take in the Ottoman architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. Plan your visit to Istiklal Street and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Istanbul road trip planning website .
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  • It's nice to see that in every city there is a street with pedestrian features, and that mobilizes people, where there are plenty of shops, etc. ´
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  • In the old days was very nice but the Syrian streetsare istiklal. Arabic music and the most beautiful street of Istanbul, accompanied by Arabic cuisine that has become stuck you girl so no one else property.
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  • We stayed 5 night in istanbul.our hotel was konak hotel taksim that was comfortable.istiklal is a live street in day and night but you must be very very carefull and never go to club.they taked 1460 T...  more »

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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