Taksim Square and Nostalgic Tram, Istanbul, Turkiye

Taksim Square (Turkish: Taksim Meydanı) was situated in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey. Location on Google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/UUg4s.

The open space was a major tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops, and hotels. It was considered as the heart of modern Istanbul with the central station of the Istanbul Metro network.

Taksim Square was also the location of the Monument of the Republic (Turkish: Cumhuriyet Anıtı) which was crafted by Pietro Canonica and inaugurated in 1928. The monument commemorates the 5th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, following the Turkish War of Independence.

After visited Dolmabahce Palace, Alif and I spent time around the square with Nanang on that Sunday – December 22, 2013. Initially we sat outside a restaurant on Istiklal Street, enjoyed some cups of Turkish tea. When the weather was getting colder in that winter afternoon, then I put my jacket on, later we moved inside to enjoy “borek” (Turkish pastry) which was served with feta cheese. Very yummy!

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On our way from Istiklal Caddesi to subway station, Alif and I walked through the square again. There were lots of pigeons, crumbs to feed them were available for sale (1 TL per small cup).

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Other than Funikular (Taksim-Kabatas) and Metro (Sishane-Haciosmani), Taksim Square was also accessible by Nostalgic Tram (Taksim-Tunel). Although it’s as much a curiosity as a means of transport, the trams carried an average of 6000 passengers daily. Some naughty kids sometimes took illegal ride, hanging outside the tram instead of get inside and pay relatively small fare (also payable by IstanbulKart).

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