Turkey – Istiklal Street: first destination for tourists coming to Istanbul
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Source: A24 Istanbul
Restriction: A24 subscribers
Istiklal Street is a pedestrian street and the heart of Istanbul, its economic and cultural center, visited by tens of thousands of visitors and tourists on a daily basis. It is located in Taksim district of Beyoglu district and extends across Karakoy Harbor and Galata Lighthouse Tower of Istanbul. There is an old train built since the time of the Ottomans running through the street, making it a must-visit for every tourist and one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the city. Many old buildings, shops, cafes and restaurants serving Turkish, Arabic and Western cuisines, as well as Sufi shrines and Christian church towers that represent Byzantium and its capital, Constantinople centuries ago, spread across the street.
With the proclamation of the Turkish Republic, the street’s name was changed from “Grand Avenue” to Istiklal Street to celebrate the victory in the Turkish War of Independence that took place in 1923.
Soundbite (Mustafa – Turkish citizen):
“Istiklal Street is a beautiful, tourist destination and a good place for picnics. This is my first time visiting this street, and there are many beautiful places here.”
Soundbite (Ahmed – Turkish citizen):
“I enjoy walking in this street which is the heart of Istanbul”
Soundbite (Khalil – Turkish citizen):
“Istiklal Street in Istanbul is amazing and one of the most beautiful landmarks of the city”