Explore Taksim’s Famous Istiklal Street In Istanbul!
If you are a person who dreams of visiting Istanbul, then you will surely have heard about the famous Istiklal Street and saw a picture of the old red historical tram in the middle of this famous boulevard here or there.
Istiklal Street is one of the most famous streets of Istanbul among tourists and Turks, and this area is a meeting point for many tourist and entertainment activities in Istanbul. Also, this famous street contains many historical monuments dating back to the era of the Ottomans and the Middle Ages, in addition to the presence of many landmarks that can be considered historical and that date back to the nineteenth and eighteenth centuries.
Istiklal Street starts at Taksim Square, at the northern end, and goes all the way down to the Tunel Square, at the southern end, which eventually leads to GalipDede with its historic gate and to the Dervish Lodge at Galata Mevlevihanesi, a short distance away. If you proceed downhill, you can arrive at Galata Tower, which is located just on the other side of Galipdede Street. There is a split in Galatasaray Square in the center of the way. This street extends along one and a half kilometers in the famous Beyoglu district, and it is a street full of luxury and antique shops, restaurants, cafes, and many bars. Also, the nightlife on this street is something that cannot be described due to its vitality, beauty, and hustle!
Now let us introduce you to some of the most famous places that you can visit on Istiklal Street when you come to Istanbul.
Where To Go When Visiting İstiklal Street?
• St. Antoine of Padua Church
This church is considered a contemporary historical monument and is known by many names, the most famous of which is the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua or the Cathedral of Saint Antoine. This Italian church was built between 1906 and 1911 by the Italian architect Giulio Mongeri. This church is considered one of the largest churches in Istanbul and contains a Catholic community as well.
• Church of the Holy Trinity (Hagia Triada)
The history of this Greek church goes back to the year 1880 and is famous for its dome and twin towers, and this church is located at the entrance to Istiklal Street.
• Historical Galatasaray Hamam (Turkish Bath)
You can immerse yourself in a bathing experience in this famous Turkish Hamam. The Galatasaray Hamam is located on Flower Passage. The history of this Hamam dates back to the year 1481 when it was built by Sultan Bayezid II, and since that time this bath operates to this day and receives hundreds of tourists every day who want to go through this unique experience. This bathroom has a special charm and elegance and has many beautiful traditional Ottoman touches.
• French Consulate In Istanbul
This beautiful historical building is located on the right side at the beginning of Istiklal Street, as it is famous for being a cultural center that offers French lessons and festivals throughout the year. You can also see the Armenian Catholic Church of Sorb Voskiberan located behind the consulate.
• Pera Museum In Istanbul
The famous Pera Museum is a privately owned museum dating back to 2005, this museum is located in the Tepebasi neighborhood at the right end of Istiklal Street. This museum was built within a historic building previously known as the Bristol Hotel. When you visit this museum, you will find Orientalist palettes, Anatolian weights and measures, Kutahya Tiles, and Ceramics, in addition to many exhibitions, publications, audio-visual events, and educational activities.
• Madame Tussauds Wax Museum In Istanbul
If you like wax museums, you will fall in love with the wonderful Madame Tussauds for sure. This museum is located in the Grand Pera building in Istiklal street and contains life-size wax copies of many international and Turkish former celebrities. You can also see wax statues of famous people, current athletes, and world-famous politicians too. Spending a day in this museum with your family and children will definitely be interesting.
• Flower Passage (Cicek Pasaji) In Istanbul
This street is a symbolic sign for many Russian tourists, and it dates back to the year 1870, where this street was famous for Russian flower sellers during the Bolshevik Revolution. On this street, you will enjoy the beautiful and lively atmosphere and the beautiful restaurants and cafes that are famous for serving raki, mezze, and gypsy music.