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"Taksim Square" Taksim Square Tip by Willettsworld

Taksim Square, Istanbul: 36 reviews and 72 photos


Taksim Square is located in the European part of Istanbul and is a major shopping and hotel district. The square was originally the point where the main water lines from the north of Istanbul were collected and branched off to other parts of the city (Taksim means division in Arabic). This use for the area was established by Sultan Mahmud I. The square takes its name from the stone reservoir which is located in this area. Today, it's home to fast food chains such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds and Burger King plus some of Istanbul's grandest hotels including the InterContinental, the Ritz-Carlton and The Marmara Hotel.

Taksim Square is an important hub for public transport in Istanbul. In addition to serving as the main transfer point for the municipal bus system, it is also the terminus of the Levent-Taksim subway line of the Istanbul Metro plus the Istiklal Avenue-Tünel nostalgic tram line also starts in here. In 2006, a new funicular line connecting the Taksim Metro station with the Kabatas tramway station and seaport was opened, allowing riders to ascend to Taksim in just 110 seconds.

Address: Taksim Myd, Gümüssuyu Mh., 34400 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey
Directions: Located in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey,
Phone: +353 86 160 3746

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  • Written Mar 2, 2010
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