Beyoğlu - Galata
The İstiklal Street Detailed Info
İstiklal Caddesi is the main street of Beyoğlu (Pera) and is a pedestrian area. The
street that used to be called Grand-Rue de Pèra during its bright times, was a modern
meeting point by the beginning of the 20th century, during the best times (Belle èpoque)
of İstanbul. The either sides of street are decorated by buildings with magnificient gates
and facades. The transportation between Tünel-Taksim is made with the perfectly renovated
tram through the middle of the street.
The cultural and social activities for different tastes as well as teh cafes, cinemas,
bookshops, restaurants, bars come out of İstiklal Caddesi or the streets it has connection.
There are many shops on the street.
Many European embassies and a few churches are still on the street. Some of the churches serving to foreign communities are crowded while some keep their place only with the echoes of the past. In the middle of İstiklal Caddesi is the Galatasaray Lisesi (High School) that is the most respected educational institution and has a past for more than 100 years. At the south end of the street is the entrance of Tünel. Tünel is an underground railway system that is 570m, from 1875 extending to Galata Bridge and the second underground of the world in terms of construction date after that of London. While walking towards Taksim, after passing Galatasaray Lisesi, you will see Çiçek Pasajı (Cite de Pera) on the left hand side. The building was built by one of the leading Greek bankers Hristaki Efendi of Tanzimat (political reforms) period. As its Turkish name implies it used to be a passage that flowers were sold; today has many cheerful bars and meyhanes. Its an ideal atmosphere to eat, to drink Turkish Rakı and to feel Beyoğlu. There are many restaurants in the passage. Balık Pazarı is worth to see just next to the passage. Althought it is prefered for finding fresh fish, you can explore the shops that you can find kind of meat, cheese, desserts, pickles, almost anything you can buy as you walk further.