Taksim Square is located in Beyoglu in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey. It is very famous for its restaurants, shops, pubs, movie theaters and hotels, with all that it is considered to be the heart of modern Istanbul.
Taksim Square is a busy entertainment and sightseeing area for both locals and tourists in Istanbul. Underneath the square is the central station of the Istanbul metro network.
The most notable and important piece of history is the Republic monument centralizing the Square. The monument was designed by the Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica, and built in two and a half years with financial support from the population, it was unveiled by Dr. Hakkı Şinasi Pasha on August 8, 1928.
Taksim is an Arabic name meaning “division”, and was originally the point where the water lines from north of the city were collected and later distributed to other parts of the city, hence the name.
Taksim Square has always been an important political venue for protests. Groups from all sides of the political spectrum in Turkey tried to demonstrate in this square in order to use its visibility for the benefit of their cause.
You can also find the Gezi Park which is known to be the last green space in Beyoglu and the smallest parks of Istanbul.
If you want to take a walking tour and stroll around you can find yourself in the Istiklal Caddesi Avenue which is a long pedestrian shopping street filled with national and international shopping chains. Or if you want to do something more sophisticated you can book tickets to the Atatürk Cultural Center (Atatürk Kültür Merkezi), a multi-purpose cultural center and opera house. Across on the opposite side sits the long-awaited Taksim Square Mosque.
It is also home to some of Istanbul’s grandest hotels including the Inter-Continental, the Ritz-Carlton, and The Marmara Hotel, and if you don’t like staying in hotels, you can find many furnished houses and apartments to rent and enjoy the view over the square.
Taksim is also a favorite location for public events such as parades, New Year celebrations, carnivals and many other gatherings.