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Taksim is one of the important centres of this multi-centred city. After Pera became popular and crowded the new type of urbanization moved to Nişantaşı and Şişli neighbourhood;thus, Taksim has become an important centre. It was a cemetery area until the end of 19th century. There was a large barrack in the middle of the square and the biggest football field in the city used to be in this barracks.

Taksim had become the most important square of the city during the years when the Republic was founded. It was the most expensive residential area in 1950s. The name of the square is Taksim due to the water coming from Belgrat Ormanları used to distributed here in 18th century. The cistern, made by Mahmut II in 1732, is still at the entrance of İstiklal Caddesi. At the southwest of the square is the monumental statue of Taksim Cumhuriyet Anıtı showing the founder of Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey and his friends, made by Italian artist Canonica in 1928.

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