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Taksim Square, Istanbul

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Taksim Square represents the heart of the city. The square acts as a transportation hub, with the central station of the metro network here, connecting important districts in the Turkish capital. The bustling, cosmopolitan Istiklal Street ends at this square. Discover important sites of Turkish culture and heritage, like the Monument of the Republic commemorating the fifth anniversary of Turkey's independence, and Ataturk Cultural Center, where concerts, operas, meetings, and exhibitions take place. Add Taksim Square to your Istanbul travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Istanbul online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Istanbul is one of the first that comes to mind when Central. The history of Istanbul and therefore there are a lot of obemli in the history of Turkey. I don't want to go into details, but where's the political when what ogrenip then.
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  • It's a basic square with stores and places to eat. Nothing fancy and frankly not really beautiful. It tries to be something like Times Square but fails, everything is too unorganized and dirty, follow...  more »
  • Total chaos due to roadworks. Nowhere to be seen. Avoid if you're not just obliged to pass.
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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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