Beyoglu or Istiklal Street
Istiklal Caddesi begin at Taksim Square where you can see the Ataturk Cultural Center, the Marmara Hotel and the metro station. "Taksim" mean water-distribution center, which was used by Sultan Mahmut I in 1732. Walking ahead you will see the old tram which was renovated and still used nowadays (you can see an old and new picture of Beyoglu on this page). You can take the train to go and come in Istiklal street. We recommend that you walk until the end and take the train to come back. Walking straight without stopping might take you around 20 minutes.
You will find a lot of embassies in Beyoglu such as the American Embassy, Russian Embassy, Greek Embassy, among others. You will also find: some very good bookshops at the end of Istiklal Cad., the famous Galatasaray Highschool, banks, a mosque and a church.
Night life is interesting in Beyoglu. Until late at night you will find people enjoying their meal in a restaurant, getting out of cinemas, having a beer in a bar or simply walking on the streets.
A trip to Istanbul will not be complete without seeing this area.
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