Located on the European side of Istanbul, Taksim Square is the heart of the modern part of the city. It takes its name from the stone reservoir on the west side of the square, which today houses the Taksim Republic Art Gallery. Sultan Mahmud I originally established the square as the point where water lines from north of Istanbul converged before branching off to other parts of the city.

Today, Taksim Square buzzes with activity day and night. With Istiklal Caddesi, the city’s main pedestrian thoroughfare, ending in the square, it is surrounded by shops, restaurants and high end hotels, making it a popular gathering spot for locals and tourists alike. Over the years, it has also been home to numerous public celebrations, parades and demonstrations.

In the center of the square, you’ll find the Monument of the Republic, constructed in 1928 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey after the Turkish War of Independence. Also located on the square is the Ataturk Cultural Center, a multi-purpose cultural center and opera house that is home to the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Istanbul State Modern Folk Music Ensemble and the Istanbul State Classical Turkish Music Choir.

Practical Information

Taksim Square is Istanbul’s the main transportation hub and thus, easy to reach by public transport.  If you are traveling by metro, simply get off at the Taksim Square metro station. Those coming by tram can get off at Karakoy, take the Tunel funicular up to the start of Istiklal Cadddesi and then follow Istiklal all the way to the square. Alternatively, you can take the tram to Kalabatas and then ride the funicular there up the hill to the Taksim Square metro station.

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Istanbul Small Group Sightseeing and Culinary Walking Tour, Istanbul, null
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Istanbul Small Group Sightseeing and Culinary Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy this culinary walking tour for small groups at Beyoglu, Istanbul. Walk from Taksim Square to Golden Horn and explore all the tastes Istanbul has to offer.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Flexible

From USD $80.00
Tour of Istanbul With English-Speaking Guide, Istanbul, Walking Tours
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Tour of Istanbul With English-Speaking Guide

This is a local tour of Istanbul with a very good English speaking guide who will take you to all around Istanbul and show you the different type of life ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Flexible

From USD $124.35
Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 Reviews

Treat your palate to authentic Turkish delicacies on this 3-hour Istanbul evening food tour. With a food-loving guide, delve into sidestreets and hidden food ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.55
Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Istanbul, Food Tours
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 752 Reviews

There is no better way to see Istanbul than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Istanbul attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Varies

From USD $34.22
Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour, Istanbul, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

Visit the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Learn about Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace Try out your bargaining skills at the Grand Bazaar Tour the inside of ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.56
Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise, Istanbul, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 429 Reviews

See Istanbul from dry land and water on this 3-hour sightseeing experience that combines a coach tour with a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. Travel round ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.93
Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 88 Reviews

Get an insider’s look at Istanbul’s food culture as you follow your local guide on a small-group walking tour. Visit a variety of traditional shops, ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Turkish Food and Wine Half-Day Masterclass From Istanbul, Istanbul, Walking Tours
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Turkish Food and Wine Half-Day Masterclass From Istanbul

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

You will cook and enjoy several delicious Turkish dishes followed by a tasting of fabulous Turkish wines in a small group together with your local instructor. ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Istanbul Street Art Walk, Istanbul, Cooking Classes
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Istanbul Street Art Walk

Street art in Istanbul is becoming bigger and broader every single day. There are numerous districts that have their own unique street art. You can find ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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