One of the most famous landmarks of Istanbul .... Istiklal Street
Istanbul is the tourist and commercial capital of the Turkish state, Istanbul is consider one of the most famous tourist cities in Turkey, it has the first rank among Turkish cities,
Istanbul is famous with its European and Asian sides, for its natural tourist places and historical monuments, such as mosques, museums, palaces and castles, in addition to its tourist streets, among the most famous streets of Istanbul, Istiklal Street.
Istiklal Street is located in Taksim, in the center of Istanbul, on the European side of it, Istiklal Street is consider the vitality heart of Istanbul,
Istiklal Street, which is located in Taksim Square, is one of the most famous and most beautiful historical tourist areas in the European city of Istanbul, in the past during the rule of the Ottoman Empire a center Taksim Square was center for the distribution of water supplies in addition to its political and social role.
Istiklal Street in Taksim Square is consider one of the most famous and vital streets of Istanbul in European Istanbul, in addition to being a landmark of its tourist attractions, where it is crowded with tourists and visitors who visit or pass through it daily, a national celebrations and demonstrations are take place in it.
Istiklal Street is about 3 km long, it starts from Taksim Square and ends at the Galata region, standing in the center of it a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish state.
Istiklal Street also contains a lot of shops that have a lot of products that you can think of, that are spread on the right and left such as clothes, shoes, antiques, sweets, palmistry and food stores in addition to shopping centers where you can feel With the pleasure of shopping with wonder on your foot, or you can ride on the old red tram, which is one of the tourist attractions in Istiklal Street, Take a tour of Istiklal Street and enjoy sightseeing its tourist attractions and shops.
There are many popular restaurants and cafes in Istiklal Street, as well as hotels overlooking the Bosphorus Strait,
Istiklal Street contains of many monuments, the most famous of it :
the Flowers Passage on Istiklal Street in Taksim Square is consider one of the most famous tourist attractions in the street, which is known as the (çiçek pasajı), .
Back in the era of the Ottoman Empire the passage was a theater that received princes and sultans, but it was subjected to a fire, and rebuilt again covered with a glass ceiling , so it became similar to the The Al-Hamidiyeh market in Damascus.
The reason of named the street , the flower path because Russian immigrants became famous for selling flowers in this street, which people from all places visit it , the passage considered one of the most calm and elegant places, there is in it traditional Turkish cafes and restaurants that offer famous Turkish dishes and sweets.
The Galata Museum, which is located on Istiklal Street in Taksim in European Istanbul, is considered one of the oldest and most innovative and distinguished buildings in Turkey, and it is the oldest Khan of Sufism in the Istanbul, built in 1491 to be a center of molarism to revive their concerts and religious activities,
In the seventeenth century, the khan was a school of Sufi orders and its teachings that were widespread at that time, then it turned into a primary school, then to a college and finally to a museum in 1975.
It displays the instruments of the Dervishes who perform the Mevlevi dance, which is one of the sama dance, composed by the mystical poet Jalal Al-Din Al-Roumi using old musical instruments that were used to play Sufi chants. Which is still organized every evening at five o'clock, as it is distinguished by its Turkish character and its distinctive music.
There are many art galleries on Istiklal Street in Taksim Square, the Beira Museum is one of the most famous of these museums and it is an art museum that focuses on Orientalism in nineteenth-century art through the paintings gathered by the famous Ottoman artist Othman Bey Hamdi, and the value of these paintings is more From 3 million dollars.
The Statue of Independence, which is located in the middle of Istiklal Street in Taksim Square, is one of the most famous landmarks of Istanbul and it is the memorial to Istanbul as it is called the Freedom Monument, where it represents a true reflection of the independence war that Turkey waged.