İstiklal Street has become a big center in terms of shopping, eating and having fun together with the arrangements that started to change in the recent past and the traces are spreading daily. Every budget-related shops, bars, clubs, night spots, restaurants and similar places are located on the street and attracting all kinds of people they call to the streets, perhaps bringing the most cosmopolitan cadre of Turkey’s feature to İstiklal Avenue and Taksim Square, located at the end of the street, have an action center feature for communities who want to hear their voices all over the world and seek their rights. Various protests, rebellions, actions, walks, press releases and similar activities are carried out on these streets and areas.
Beyoglu is a whole with its streets, squares, historical buildings and back streets. In order to be able to see the cosmopolitan structure, the street should be regarded as a whole.
The first phase of the formation of the city begins after the Byzantine period. As Byzantine rule, Galata, which is a colonial Genoa surrounded by walls, contains various Latin communities, Catholic churches and monasteries. This side of the Golden Horn is called Pera. Almost all of the Galata population is in the city walls. During the Byzantine era, the living structure and commercial characteristics of Galata, with the passage of Istanbul to the Ottoman administration, have developed a lot more with security and the Latins, They began to move towards the slopes. During this period, the moving commercial structure attracted traders and nobility from many nations, immigration to today’s İstiklalAvenue and its surroundings increased, and even the historical building used as the French Embassy started to be built in this period
In the 19th century, IstiklalAvenue’s nearest present state began to form. Particularly, the developments in the second half of this century, along with the inhabitants of the Tanzimat, and many others built in such a way as to address the desires of non-Muslims along with the intellectual and intellectual youth of the Ottoman Empire, have added a western atmosphere to the street. The result of reforms and concessions has continued street development and expansion for the people who have achieved a more relaxed lifestyle. These developments, which accelerated especially during the period of Abdulaziz, reflected on the understanding of entertainment in the European capitals and especially on the cool style street in the famous streets of Paris.
How to Get to Istiklal Avenue?
It is located in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul province. It is necessary to reach Taksim to go to IstiklalAvenue. One of the entrance is on the Taksim square, and the other is on the Karaköy train station. For this reason, it is necessary to reach Taksim Square to go to İstiklalAvenue. If transportation by private vehicle is considered, the direction of E5 should be followed and exit from AksarayUnkapanı and the direction of ŞişhaneTaksim should be continued.