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Gümüssuyu Mahallesi

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Taksim Square is a vibrant, modern area located in Istanbul's Beyoglu district. Scores of shops, restaurants and bars fill the surrounding streets, as well as popular hotels like the InterContinental Istanbul and the Grand Hyatt Istanbul. The square also features notable landmarks like the Taksim Republic Monument (Taksim Cumhuriyet Aniti), which commemorates the creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

Recent travelers had mixed feelings about Taksim Square. While some said it's a wonderful area to visit, others characterized it as "nothing special," especially when compared to squares like Tiananmen in Beijing and Tahrir in Cairo.

Because Taksim Square is a transportation hub, visitors can reach it via tram, bus and metro. The area can get quite crowded, so driving is not recommended. Taksim Square is free to visit 24 hours a day, but expect fees and hours to vary for its boutiques, eateries and watering holes.

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#1 Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)

Sultan Ahmed I was determined to build a mosque that rivaled the nearby Hagia Sophia, and most would agree that he accomplished this task – or, at least, came close. Since the early 1600s, the Blue Mosque has been quite the sight to behold, with an array of domes, semidomes and minarets (or narrow towers). It's also one of the biggest tourist draws in Istanbul.

Visitors say this mosque offers "stunning architecture inside and out." It can, however, get busy, so consider arriving early. And remember, the Blue Mosque is an active religious site, so dress conservatively. Women should wear headscarves, as is custom. If you forgot to bring one, you can borrow one from the mosque.

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