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Istanbul Turkey 2022 Istiklal Street-Taksim Square 5 September Walking Tour | 4K UHD 60FPS | MONDAY

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Every visitor to Istanbul must visit Istiklal Street at least once! It's one of the most popular streets in the city for locals and tourists and is often so crowded that you get carried along in the mass of people! So take a break from the busyness around you and join us for a casual walk around this famous area. Istiklal Street is a pedestrian mall but there is an old tram that runs down the middle so watch out for that!

Istiklal street is the place to go for all your shopping needs. You'll find everything from small boutique stores to big international brands. There are also many restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs. At night, Istiklal Street is one of the busiest spots in the city.

Meet your guide at Taksim Square and take a tour of all the main attractions. Don't forget to ask for tips on where to go for dinner! Istiklal is also home to many international embassies, luxury hotels, apartment buildings, churches, museums and theatres so it will be an interesting walk with lots to see!
Start at the Taksim Square, which in the evenings is crowded with locals and tourists alike. Take pictures of the statue of Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.

As you begin your walk down Istiklal Street, you’ll find it difficult to ignore the deco style artistic buildings that rise up to considerable height on either side hemming in your walking space into a tapered zone. You do not have to be a connoisseur of structural design to appreciate the architecture around you.

The entrances to arcades, shops, and alleyways are almost always arched. If you glance upwards, it’s easy to catch sight of wrought-iron balconies of apartments where people still live.

The Ottoman-style architecture gives one the impression that you’re walking through an ancient bustling street until you come face to face with the entrance to McDonalds and are slapped with a dose of modernity.
One of the most striking buildings is the domed Cicek Pasji or Flower Passage so known for the flowers that were sold here by formerly wealthy Russian women after the Russian revolution of 1917.
Experiment with the street food and sample a little bit of everything. On Istiklal Street, it seems like the most natural thing in the world to get in line to sample fresh mussels with a dash of lime or bite into a crisp ‘Simit’ a Turkish bagel of sorts made out of flour and coated with sesame seeds.
Amidst all this, it’s impossible to ignore the seductive cries of the ice cream man calling you to enjoy the experience of getting an ice cream cone. This is the famous Salep Donduras Ice Cream.
The street is also lined with patisseries displaying mouthwatering cakes inside glass cases. The famous middle-eastern Baklava and Kunafa is artistically arranged in large trays and tourist and locals alike are tempted to buy. Turkey is also famous for its chocolates and the number of chocolate shops on Istiklal street attest to this fact.
The street performers or buskers are veritable feet magnets. Before you know, it you’re drawn to the crowds surrounding them. From violin wielding solo singers rendering soulful classical melodies to the more foot-tapping Turkish folk songs, it’s a treat to witness it all.
The tram is the heartline of Istiklal street and runs through the middle of the street several times a day. According to the Hurriyet Daily News, this tram operates with three mortises and two wagons, making 14,600 trips per year amounting to 23,944 kilometers. The tram carries an average of 6,000 passengers per day and has become one of the most recognizable symbols of Istanbul.

Istanbul Turkey 2022 Istiklal Street-Taksim Square 5 September Walking Tour | 4K UHD 60FPS | MONDAY

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